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M F Hussain is creating museum of Hindi cinema

July 7, 2010 06:43:17 PM IST
Enkayaar, Bollywood Trade News Network
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While Mumbai, the Mecca of the Hindi film continues to ignore its history by not taking steps to protect and conserve the institutions that provided it the world class stature, construction of a luxury apartment over Natraj studios in Andheri, MF Hussain, the exiled painter who began his career of painting by painting film posters of Hindi films, has decided to build up a museum for Hindi film industry that would house all the important documents associated with Hindi film industry. It indeed is a novel step and needs to be supported by all the aficionados who may be custodians of vital historical artifacts associated with Hindi film industry.

Indeed Hussain is one of the few celebrities who have made their mark in association with Hindi film industry and are eager to repay with gratitude the help that industry provided to him during his formative years. May be, his exile could be manna from heaven, as being away from the country could provide him ample time to roam around the world and collect the collectibles associated with Hindi film industry. While time is not on his side, the sheer idea to give birth to this kind of concept should prop up fans of Hindi films to help Hussain in this noble effort.

A facet associated with the growth of Hindi film industry, which people seldom give a thought to, is the role that Pune has played in evolution of Hindi cinema. Before Mumbai came into being as the Mecca of Hindi cinema, it was Pune that provided the support in all forms to Hindi film industry to nurture itself, and the lead in this direction was taken by Prabhat Studios. One does not know whether Prabhat Studios exist at all in its original shape at all, or if it has been erased, whether any memorabilia has been created to preserve its memory. But it is like hoping against the hope, if one were to view it from the perspective of the abysmal state that the Film and Television Training Institute popularly known as FTII has reached. It was repository of all the films that were made from the times films made their debut in India, but most of them have started turning to dust, but hardly anybody is bothered.

May be, the cause of conservation needed a celebrity like Hussain to associate with it, and it should encourage more such initiatives. After all, for a common man, after food it is cinema that holds esteem in his existence and the process of conservation can only provide the impetus to provide an element of perpetuity to this vital cog if Indian social fabric.

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