Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the National Museum of Indian Cinema in Mumbai on Saturday. The Prime Minister took a tour of the Museum, after which he addressed a gathering of the film fraternity.
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister asked young and old present alike – “How’s the josh” – and said that their zeal is extremely important for building a New India.
Talking about films and society being reflections of each other, the Prime Minister talked about some aspects of evolution in films. He cited examples of the patriotic movies starring Manoj Kumar, the angry young man portrayal on the silver screen, the hopes and aspirations of society being projected and the recent coming up of ‘heroes’ from not just metropolitan cities but also from Tier-2 and Tier 3 cities and rural areas.
The Prime Minister said that the Indian Entertainment Industry presents all facets of human emotions which find resonance all across the world. He cited the example of Raj Kapoor, whose movies are loved the world over.
Elucidating the impact of Indian Cinema, the PM shared his experiences of interaction with world leaders. He talked about the Prime Minister of Israel knowing the song ‘Ichak Dana’ by-heart without knowing the language and about school kids performing in South Korea on the song ‘Haathi Mere Saathi’. He spoke about the niche being carved by Indian TV serials, stating that there would hardly be any family in Afghanistan who would not have heard about ‘Kyuki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’ and also mentioned about the love that Vietnamese PM’s wife has for the TV serial Ramayan. All these facets have played an important role in the projection of India’s soft power across the globe.
Prime Minister invigorated the film fraternity to talk about the struggles and hard work behind film making, which makes the youngsters look beyond the glamour quotient of the industry and derive crucial life lessons for life and character building. He also asked filmmakers to make movies on unsung real-life heroes like Dashrath Manjhi, or the forgotten stories of tribal valour in the First War of Independence in 1857.
Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore highlighted the steps taken by the Government to promote Indian Cinema.
In his welcome address, Shyam Benegal, Head of Museum Advisory Committee, NMIC, said that Indian cinema is as old as cinema itself – the very first Indian film was made only three years after the invention of cinema.
The inauguration was also graced by the presence of Governor of Maharashtra C. Vidyasagar Rao, Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis and Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale.
Among other dignitaries, a galaxy of cinema personalities including Chairman, CBFC Prasoon Joshi, Asha Bhosle, AR Rehman, Asha Parekh, Randhir Kapoor, Kiran Shantaram, Aamir Khan, Shaji N. Karun, Ramesh Sippy, Karan Johar, Boney Kapoor, Kunal Kohli, R. Madhavan, Kangana Ranaut and many more attended the event.