Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Information & Broadcasting
23-November-2010 18:59 IST
Films Division to Spend 110 Crores on its Museum of Cinema
Online Purchase of Division’s Documentaries by Next Year
A Museum of Cinema will be Films’ Division’s gift for cinema lovers in the country. The work for the Museum is going on in full swing and it is likely to be inaugurated in the Centenary year of the Indian Cinema in the year 2013. Giving this information to the media at the Media Centre here today, the Director General of Films Division (FD), Shri Kuldeep Sinha said that the estimated cost of the Project is Rs.110 crores. The museum will cover all the aspects of cinema right from the films, costumes, scripts, set designs, monographs and even film magazines.

Talking about the other new initiatives of the Films Division, Shri Sinha said that the webcast of the films made during the last 60 years will soon be done by the Division. On-line purchases of the films and documentaries can be done by next year as the facility for the same will be available. The Films Division has produced more than 8000 films during the last 60 years, and about 5000 films will be available for on-line purchase and download.

He also informed the media that the Division has signed a MoU with NFDC to market its documentaries. Describing the MoU as a win-win situation for both NFDC and FD, he said that NFDC has been given all the rights (films & Television) to market the films all over the world on a revenue sharing basis. He also said that an announcement regarding the waiver of one percent rental being charged at present from the cinema owners to screen its films at the cinema halls is round the corner.

Talking about FD’s association with IFFI, he informed that the 4-day documentary film festival on Indian Classical dances and Gurus, Dancing Feet will be inaugurated by Shri Digambar Kamat, Chief Minister of Goa in the presence of Sitara Devi, Pt. Birju Maharaj and other dignitaries at IFFI, 2010 tomorrow. Organized in collaboration with the Directorate of Film Festivals and the Entertainment Society of Goa, this unique festival will feature 22 select documentaries

Conceived as a sequel to the hugely applauded film festival on music, Moments with the Maestros held as part of the 40th IFFI, Dancing Feet offers dance lovers from India and abroad glimpses of important classical dances like the Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Odissi, Kathakali, Kathak, Mohiniattam and Manipuri. Biopic on some of the dancing icons including Sitara Devi, Pt Birju Maharaj, Yamini Karishnamurthy, Sonal Mansingh, Dr. Padma Subramaniam, Raja & Radha Reddy, Uma Sharma Mallika Sarabhai etc are also being screened in the festival. All these highly decorated and celebrated artistes will also be felicitated during the festival where they shall interact with the media and the delegates.