If you are a fan of Indian cinema, then watch out for the government's ambitious plan that will show case its history.
The state government-run Filmcity at Goregaon (East), will build a 'Bollywood Museum' of global standards, by next year. The museum will be located in Filmcity itself. The process of appointing consultants started on Wednesday.
Senior bureaucrat and Filmcity managing director, Shyam Tagde, told Hindustan Times that the authorities floated bids on Wednesday.
The Maharashtra Film, Theatre and Cultural Corporation runs the Filmcity, where production houses get indoor and outdoor shooting facilities, editing and recording rooms, and locations dotted with fountains, gardens, lakes, helipads and buildings on hire for shooting films.
"As of now, we have a sketchy plan at hand. We want to have galleries that will house everything that is related to Bollywood movies, including commercial films and parallel cinema. Bidders will be asked to make designs and only the best will be selected."
Tagde said that the galleries will have cinema equipment (used in production and screening) on display. "We also plan to build a (film) science centre," Tagde said.
The museum will be an added attraction for tourists and will help the government generate substantial revenue.
Tagde said that he expected state-approved consultants to submit plans and its cost.
The consultants (individuals, organisations or joint ventures) need to have 10-year experience in building museums.
The bidders need to have experts like architects, structural and civil engineers, physical planners, environment experts and experts in museums at their disposal.
Bidding will close on September 10.