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How’s the josh? Prime Minister Narendra Modi asks Bollywood at the inauguration of the National Museum of Indian Cinema

PM Narendra Modi inaugurated the National Museum of Indian Cinema in Mumbai. Eminent Bollywood personalities like Aamir Khan, Kangana Ranaut and Karan Johar were present at the ceremony.

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There’s good news for all Indian cinema-lovers. The National Museum of Indian Cinema has been opened to public in Mumbai. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the museum on Saturday (January 19). The inauguration ceremony was attended by the veterans as well as contemporary Bollywood celebrities. Actors Aamir Khan, Kangana Ranaut, filmmakers Karan Johar, Rohit Shetty, Anand L Rai along with veteran actors Manoj Kumar and Jeetendra were present. Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, Minister of State for I&B Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Central Board of Film Certification, chief Prasoon Joshi were also among the guests on dais.

The museum is a milestone in the history of Indian cinema and a great opportunity for filmmakers and film lovers to get access to historical cinematic content. The Prime Minister started off his speech with a dialogue from the recently released Hindi film Uri: The Surgical Strike, “How’s the josh?” that generated applause and a few laughs. He spoke about how films are a reflection of the society we live in and how India is changing is depicted in the films. “Earlier, poverty was considered a virtue… Films were about poverty, helplessness. Now, along with problems, solutions are also being seen. If there are a million problems, there are a billion solutions,” the PM added. PM Modi also took to Twitter to announce the inauguration of the museum by tweeting the video of the event.

PM Modi encouraged filmmakers to make films on history as well as science. He also assured the film industry that the government is taking strong steps to curb piracy. Talking about the museum in detail, the prime minister said that the museum has digitised footage of World War II.

The PM had recently met a delegation of Bollywood actors and filmmakers in Delhi that included the likes of Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Rohit Shetty, Karan Johar, Vicky Kaushal, and Rajkummar Rao. A great move for empowering cinematic voices? We hope so!

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