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The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures that is currently under construction in Los Angeles, California will showcase the hand-painted posters of Bollywood movies. The museum is set to open on April 30, 2021.
These hand-painted posters donated to the museum have been painted by Jaipur’s painter Late Brij Mohan Gupta popularly known as ‘Devdas’.
Late painter’s son MD Gupta said that an official of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that is building the museum had contacted him for his father’s paintings of Indian cinema. “I could have sold it at a hefty price to the Academy Museum, but I donated two of his posters. It is a matter of pride that Bollywood posters will be displayed at the international level,” he said.
The letter from Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – Margaret Herrick Library on December 7, 2020 thanked MD Gupta for the donation of hand-painted Indian posters for Lagaan (2001) and Bade Miyan and Chote Miyan (1998). It is to be recalled that till now only three Indian movies Mother India, Salaam Bombay and Lagaan have been nominated for the Oscar Award.
It is to be mentioned that the Academy Museum will be the nation’s first large-scale museum entirely dedicated to art, science, craft, business, and history of film. The permanent and rotating exhibits will provide an immersive experience for visitors to explore the cultural and creative contributions that Hollywood and film industry have made around the world.
Earlier two hand-painted posters of ‘Mother India’ and ‘Pakeezah’ made by Late Brij Mohan Gupta were donated in 2017 to National Museum of Indian Cinema at Peddar Road in Mumbai, which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 19, 2019. MD Gupta later donated hand-painted posters of Bollywood movies ‘Karma’ and ‘Deedar-e-Yaar’ in December 2019.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents the Academy Awards, popularly known as Oscar Awards, which will be held on April 25, 2021.