The Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated National Museum of Indian Cinema in Mumbai on Saturday. Governor of Maharashtra C. Vidyasagar Rao, CM of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis, Union Minister of State Ramdas Athawale, and Union Minister of State Rajyavardhan Rathore, along with others were present on the occasion.
In his address, the Prime Minister said that the National Museum of Indian Cinema will provide a wonderful opportunity for the younger generation to understand and learn about Indian cinema.
He added that the Museum will have detailed information about the history of Indian entertainment industry, along with tales of struggles of various film personalities.
Stating that film and society are a reflection of each other, Prime Minister said that whatever happens in the society are reflected by the movies on screen while the images from the films are also mirrored in the society.
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Talking about trends he said there are many films now which depict both the problem and the solution which is a positive sign as compared to earlier years when only the helplessness was displayed.
Mr. Modi said that India is now confident of finding its own solutions to the problems it faces and this he said is a sign of a New India which is confident and capable of taking issues head on and resolving them.
The Prime Minister said that the Indian Cinema has a big role in enhancing India’s soft power, its credibility and building the Brand India across the world. He said that through Cinema important social issues such as sanitation, women empowerment, sports, etc. are now reaching to people.
He mentioned that Government is working to provide facility of ‘Ease of Filming’ by putting in place a Single Window Clearance system, for Film Shooting approvals in different parts of the country. Prime Minister said Government is working on amending Cinematograph Act 1952 to check the problem of film piracy.
PM said Government is also working towards setting up a National Centre for Excellence for Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming, and Comics.
He added that a fully dedicated university for Communication and Entertainment is a need of hour and urged film personalities to suggest and contribute on this. He also suggested the idea of Global Film Summit similar to Davos Summit which would focus on the expansion of market for Indian Cinema.
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