The National Film Archive of India is actively working for acquiring the camera negatives of the films for future preservation. On Tuesday, the team has acquired the negatives of Aamir Khan’s 2014 released film ‘PK’.
On Tuesday, Filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani himself handed over the camera negatives of his directorial film PK to the director of NFAI, Prakash Magdum in Pune. This Aamir Khan starer comedy-drama was one of those last Indian films which were shot on celluloid rather than digital techniques.
The NFAI director told that “Although the film was shot on celluloid it was released in digital format and also probably one of the most important films from an archival perspective.” The National Archive has already acquired the other Rajkumar Hirani films except ‘Sanju’ as it was shot through digital techniques. “All of Raju Hirani’s previous films are with us. ‘Sanju’ though was shot digitally but they will be handing over some of the digital materials of the film to us. Apart from the original negative they have 200 cans of rushes that were not included in the film and also about 300 cans of ‘3 Idiots’ rushes and publicity material including posters, photographs and lobby cards,” Magdum added.
Magdum also mentioned that they have also acquired the negatives of almost 70-80 Marathi films which were made in the 1950s-1960s. These films also include films of Usha Mangeskar’s production house – ‘Pavna Kathacha Dhondi’ and Aaryan Film Production’s ‘Tai Telin’, which were considered to be lost.
In the year 2018, RK studios also handed over almost 21 films of Raj Kapoor to the national archives. Raj Kapoor’s Parvarish and Dev Anand’s Tere Ghar Ke Saamne are some recent additions to NFAI.
Other than these films, NFAI has also acquired the film negatives of filmmakers V Shantaram, Basu Bhattacharya, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Subhash Ghai and many more.
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