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First Indian film museum to open in home of Bollywood

Published on Mar 9, 2014 11:40 AM

MUMBAI (AFP) - Seven years in the making and costing nearly US$20 million (S$25 million), the first Indian film museum is set to open in the home of Bollywood, more than 100 years after the country's celebrated movie industry was born.

The government-funded National Museum of Indian Cinema, set in an elegant 19th century heritage bungalow in south Mumbai, traces Indian cinema's history from the black-and-white silent era to its musical modern blockbusters.

"It's about time India had its own film museum. We have archives, but not a museum and today a museum can become vibrant because of technology and interactivity," said curator Amrit Gangar as he gave Agence France-Presse a preview tour.

Spread across two floors of the 557 sq m building, the museum showcases original artefact, memorabilia, recordings and film-making tools.

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