As numerous film lovers lent their support for the construction of a private film museum in the city, the project is expected gain momentum.
Authorities of internationally famous Raja Kelkar Museum reserved land at suburban Bavdhan village near Chandani Chowk and agreed to accommodate the project, in principle.
In a report published on November 26 (Pune’s first pvt museum of rare film memorabilia on the cards) MiD-Day highlighted that a US-based husband-wife duo of Jayant and Veena Kulkarni were keen on constructing the museum in the city. The Kulkarnis with the help of local film scholar Sulbha Ternikar were searching for land and donors.
Kulkarni said, “Making a permanent museum in Pune is my dream and I will take the final decision after discussing the issue with Ranade, as he had shown keen interest in my project. I am also considering proposals about different venues offered by others.”
Kulkarni, who has over 2,000 rare pictures of Indian cinema and similarly over 4,000 music records, had previously worked at the art department of ‘Star and Style’ magazine in Mumbai. During his time there, he came across many legendary artists and singers from Bollywood.
Sudhanva Ranade, grandson of Dinkar Kelkar, the founder of Raja Kelkar Museum, said, “I am impressed by Kulkarni’s idea. Pune is a city of old and rare artefacts. My grandfather could establish such a museum. Coincidently, Kulkarni is also dreaming of a similar museum to showcase his valuable collection.
Govt had given us six acres of land at the suburban Bavdhan village near Chandani Chowk on Paud Road. We are developing about 1.50 lakh square feet for our ambitious project worth Rs 72.64 crore. Kulkarni can use some of our place for his project. I spoke to him and we also exchanged a few emails on the same. Our talks are still on.”
Ternikar said Ranade, being a museum owner, is a person who understands the importance of the rare collection owned by Kulkarni and his wife.
“The display of collection will certainly get a good studious audience who can even do research on these available items, a slice of the history of the 100-year-old Indian cinema.”