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Akshay Kumar: NMIC is like a place of worship for a filmmaker

Akshay Kumar and Kriti Sanon graced the occasion of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav at NMIC that welcomed back its audiences post pandemic.

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On the occasion of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, National Museum of Indian Cinema displayed the vintage and the classic car club of India exhibition for the cast of action comedy feature film ‘Bachchhan Pandey’, Akshay Kumar & Kriti Sanon. Akshay Kumar and Kriti Sanon graced the occasion. It was also an occasion for NMIC to welcome back its audiences post pandemic.

National Museum of Indian Cinema (NMIC) recently welcomed visitors post pandemic restrictions were lifted. Cine aficionados and curious cinema fans would be able to visit the museum now. NMIC is recently mandated to the National Film Development Corporation Limited (NFDC) as part of the mega merger of the Ministry’s media units.

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Leading up to the reopening of the Museum, it collaborated with The Vintage and Classic Car Club of India (VCCCI) for conducting a vintage car exhibition at the Museum premise.

NMIC has a huge collection of artefacts including the armour worn by Sivaji Ganeshan in the film ‘Veera Pandya Kattabomman’, the Red Coat worn by M G Ramchandran in the film ‘Adimai Penn’, Film properties, vintage equipment’s, posters, copies of important films, promotional leaflets, sound tracks, trailers, transparencies, old cinema magazines, statistics covering film making & distribution, etc. That are displayed in a systematic manner depicting the history of Indian cinema in a chronological order.

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Akshay Kumar said, “I’m Overwhelmed to be here. Indeed it was a pleasure associating with NMIC, I have grown up watching the celebrated films over the years, and everybody should come & see this magnificent film museum. If I could add, I’d say it’s almost like a place of worship for a filmmaker as the works of legendary filmmakers have been respectfully archived and portrayed here.”

Kriti Sanon added, “I was so impressed after exploring the Museum, its curation is so delightful. I didn’t know Chandralekha was the first South Indian film that became prominent throughout India and it inspired South Indian producers to market their films in North India and also the most expensive film made in India in the 1940s. Well, the Children’s section floor was my favourite, which is activity based and so immersive.”

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Mr. Ravinder Bhakar, Managing Director NFDC India, said, “ The museum has been built on par with renowned museums of the world and currently it’s the best in Asia. What really makes the National Museum of Indian Cinema unique, is the invaluable assets and artefacts it displays.”

Ms Neerja Sekhar, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, said “National Museum of Indian Cinema has been a dream project which was inaugurated by Honourable Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi ji in 2019. Pandemic has kept museum-goers and cinema lovers away from NMIC for long. We now want to welcome people back here. The museum showcases the contributions of the legends across India. The Museum shall continue to get periodically upgraded.”

Mr. Nitin Dossa, Chairman, VCCCI expressed that, “We are honoured and delighted to partner with NMIC, our preservation and exhibition personalities match. We exhibit all historically significant vehicles and associated materials. VCCCI encourages careful and skilful driving and it’s our duty to highlight the importance of Road Safety. Members of our club are happy to be invited here. We hope to continue our fruitful association with NMIC. Wishes to all on the occasion of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.”

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