The home of Bollywood, Mumbai, is a city which is very used to delays. From the sea link to the international airport’s T2 terminal, everything fell behind the schedule. Hence it is no surprise that the National Museum of Indian Cinema, due to open on the date of the industry’s centenary on May 3, 2013, will now be ready to receive visitors only on February 22, nearly 10 months behind schedule.
Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting Manish Tewari said, “As the Indian cinema enters a new century, the National Museum of Indian Cinema coming up in Mumbai is a small tribute of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting to the great film heritage of India. We have also launched a Rs 600 crore National Film Heritage Mission to digitize best of Indian cinematic works and archive them for the benefit of future generations.”
What Tewari said about the Museum Museum being a “small tribute” is exactly correct. For, what opens this week is merely a small 6,000 square foot display at Gulshan Mahal, located at the rear of the Films Division building in Mumbai’s Pedder Road. What was promised two years ago was a 50,000 square foot complex, which the Ministry says will ‘come up in phases’.