Free Public Tours

Explore the Museum with the
curatorial team every weekend.

Time: Saturday and Sunday
11:30 am English Tour
12:30 pm Hindi/Marathi Tour
Open to all.
Museum ticket applicable.
Closed on Wednesdays.

Film Programmes

The Museum has an active film programme which includes regular public screenings of art videos, documentaries, art house movies and much more. Films are screened at the state-of-the-art Education Centre.

What’s On


Movies at the Museum

Curated by Avijit Mukul Kishore and Rohan Shivkumar

MAY 04, 2018    06:00 pm - 08:00 pm


Directed by Yasujiro Ozu

Japanese with English Subtitles, 108 minutes, B/W, 1949

The director Yasujiro Ozu is widely considered to be one of the greatest directors of all time. He developed a unique and original cinematic language in which the rapidly transforming landscape of Japan in the early and mid 20th century is seen refracted through the intimate lives of families. The films are suffused with tenderness and melancholy.

‘Late Spring’ is one of his classic films from 1949, written and directed while Japan was under Allied occupation. The film deals with the difficulties of transitions, of leaving one world behind and embarking on another. In the film, a father-daughter relationship is tested because of the pressures of marriage. The film belongs to the uniquely Japanese genre shomingeki, that deals with the ordinary lives of working class and middle class people during modern times. The film stars Ozu regulars Ryu Chishu as the father and Hara Setsuko as Noriko the daughter. It is the first installment of Ozu’s so-called “Noriko trilogy”—the others are Early Summer (1951) and Tokyo Story (1953) — in each of which Hara portrays a young woman named Noriko.

About Movies at the Museum

Launched on April 3rd 2015, 'Movies at the Museum' is a monthly screening programme, curated by filmmaker and cinematographer, Avijit Mukul Kishore, and architect and urban designer, Rohan Shivkumar. The programme includes films and videos made in different genres – documentary, fiction, animation and visual art. Film, art and academic practitioners are invited from time to time to engage in discussion on their work. The screenings are free and open to public.


Museum Katta | Durga Bhagwat: Ek Shodh

Docu-drama by Anjali Kirtane

MAY 10, 2018    05.30 pm - 07.00 pm

The Museum will be screening short films by writer and director Anjali Kirtane who will be introducing and discussing her films on the second Thursday of every month between April - July 2018.

In the May edition, we are screening 'Durga Bhagwat: Ek Shodh'. Durga Bhagwat was a renowned scholar, socialist and writer. She studied Sanskrit and Buddhist literature and spent time in the jungles of Madhya Pradesh to study tribal life. She later returned to Mumbai as a researcher and wrote extensively in Marathi. She highly opposed the Government during The Emergency and was subsequently imprisoned.

This film and the session is in Marathi.

About Anjali Kirtane:

Anjali Kirtane is researcher, writer and filmmaker based in Mumbai. Her work is been appreciated by many. Her publication on this topic is also available.

Screening is free and open for all.
Limited seating on first come, first serve basis.

Screening schedule of upcoming editions:
Thursday, 14th June 2018: Dr. Anandibai Joshi: Kal aani Kartrutva (20”)
Thursday, 12th July 2018: Ganayogi: Pt. D. V. Paluskar (130")


Museum Katta | Film Festival

Retrospective by Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukathankar
MAY 14- 20, 2018    5.30 pm

(Except Wednesday, 16th May 2018)

Join us to watch selected movies directed by Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukathankar who have been exploring the medium of filmmaking to share their social concerns since 1985. Film makers Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukathankar will be present on 20th May 2018 to conclude the film festival. Renowned psychiatrist and writer Dr. Anand Nadkarni will be interviewing them.

About the Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukathankar: Sumitra Bhave, a social scientist-researcher turned to filmmaking with Sunil Sukthankar in 1985. They have directed 15 feature films, more than 50 short films, 5 TV serials and a few telefilms. The director duo also became producers so as to express socially important subjects independently and artistically. Their films have received 6 International Awards, 11 National Awards (including the Golden Lotus), several National level awards, more than 45 State awards and several State level awards.


Monday, 14th May 2018 | Vastupurush: The Guardian Spirit of the House
(Marathi with English Subtitles, 154 min, 2002)
A film on dismantling the feudal and caste structures to pave way for a new, socially-committed world view

Tuesday, 15th May 2018 | Devrai: Sacred Grove
(Marathi with English Subtitles, 120 min, 2004)
The metaphor of a 'Sacred Grove' applied to the mind of a Schizophrenic patient.

Note:No screening on Wednesday, 16th May 2018 – as Museum stays closed to public on Wednesdays

Thursday, 17th May 2018 | Samhita: The Script
(Marathi with English Subtitles,138 min, 2012)
A woman filmmaker's life narrated through the medium of her film's script.

Friday, 18th May 2018 | Ha Bharat Maza: India is my Country
(Marathi with English Subtitles, 115 min, 2011)
A middle-class family introspects their values against the background of Anna Hazare's anti-corruption agitation.

Saturday, 19th May 2018 | Nital (Clear)
(Marathi with English Subtitles, 128 min, 2006)
Story of a young woman doctor suffering from Vitiligo who realises that being beautiful is being compassionate and unique.

Sunday, 20th May 2018 | Phir Zindagi: Life Continues
(Hindi with English Subtitles, 55 min, 2014)
Organ donation is a noble act that can conquer death and give birth to a new life.

Filmmakers Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukathankar will be present to conclude the event on 20th May 2018. Psychiatrist Dr. Anand Nadkarni will be interviewing them after the film screening.

Venue: Education Centre, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Byculla East
Free and open to all.

Limited seating on a first-come, first-serve basis.


From the Palettes collection by Alain Jaubert

In collaboration with Alliance Française de Bombay

MAY 31, 2018    06.00 pm - 07.30 pm

Van Gogh - La Chambre à Arles (1888-1889)
Gauguin - Arearea (1892)
Lautrec - Décoration pour la baraque de la Goulue (1895)



Presented in collaboration with the Canada in India (High Commission of Canada)

MAY 6, 2018    04:00 pm - 04.30 pm

The Museum is delighted to present 'Children’s Film Festival' featuring exciting Canadian animated stories about children and their freedom, rights and values. Join us for these fun and educational monthly film screenings!

Following movies will be screened:

Sunday by Patrick Doyon 2011 | 9 min

This Oscar®-nominated animated short is a magical tale about life as seen through the eyes of a child. In keeping with their Sunday tradition, after mass a family flocks to grandma and grandpa’s house, where the chaotic discussion soon begins to resemble a raucous gathering of crows on power lines. The local factory has shut its doors and, naturally, the adults can’t stop fretting about their money woes. On this particular grey Sunday, a young boy drops a coin on some nearby train tracks out of sheer boredom. Picking the coin up after a train has run over it, he discovers to his astonishment that an amazing transformation has taken place.

2. If I Was God by Cordell Barker 2014 | 8 min

In this short animated film, a Grade 7 boy’s mind starts to wander while dissecting a frog in Biology class. What would you do if you suddenly found yourself charged with God-like powers? Would you use them for good? For bad? Perhaps a little of both? The possibilities seem endless. Oh to have the power to toy with life and death, to create monsters who can punish those who torment him daily, or better yet, to create that one perfect day with Lily, the love of his 12-year-old life!

Drawing inspiration from the filmmaker’s own memories and using a variety of animation techniques, from traditional animation to stop-motion puppets and more, this darkly whimsical short explores the difficult gateway between childhood and adolescence, when the approaching power of adulthood is often mistaken for omnipotence.

3. The Tooth by Guy Delisle 2017 | 3 min

Every child knows full well that losing a tooth is only the prologue to a magical experience—namely, a night-time visit from the tooth fairy and the gift she leaves behind. So why, in this case, is the tooth fairy a no-show? These are the sorts of questions a father needs to be able to answer for his son… In this brilliantly simple animated short, Quebec cartoonist Guy Delisle brings to the screen the titular parent of his popular series, Le guide du mauvais père (A User’s Guide to Neglectful Parenting), published by Delcourt.

Inspired by a common childhood experience, Delisle uses his trademark wry humour to reflect on the vagaries of parenting. A slice of everyday life, courtesy of the Comic Strip Chronicles.

4. Frank the Wrabbit by John Weldon 1998 | 9 min

Frank proves he’s no ordinary rabbit. He's a highly intelligent "wrabbit" with a philosophical world view that affords him great comfort. Unfortunately, his outlook is challenged when the farmer's carrots disappear. Will his quick wit allow him to survive and prosper? Filmmaker John Weldon tells a deceptively simple tale with a subversive twist.
Recommended age group: 5 years & above

Museum Entry fee applicable. Limited seating on first come, first serve basis.