Tuesday, September 28, 2021

'PK' negatives acquired by national archives

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The National Film Archives of India has got the camera negative of Raju Hirani and Aamir Khan’s film ‘PK’. The filmmaker handed over the negatives to NFAI director Prakash Magdum in Pune on Tuesday. When contacted Prakash Magdum said, “PK is a 2014 film and one of the last films shot on celluloid, when India was transitioning from celluloid to digital technology.” “Although the film was shot on celluloid, it was released in digital format and is probably one of the most important films from an archival point of view,” Magdum said. NFAI has already acquired most of Raju Hirani’s films which are now preserved in their archives. Madgum said, “All Raju Hirani’s previous films are with us. Although ‘Sanju’ was shot digitally, they will hand over some of the digital content of the film to us. Apart from the original negatives, they have 200 boxes of Rush which are available with us. were not included in the film as well as about 300 boxes of ‘3 Idiots’ Rush and promotional material including posters, photos and lobby cards. The National Film Archives of India regularly acquires and preserves older films. Magdum It is reported that about 70 to 80 Marathi films made in the 1950s and 60s have also been acquired by NFAI, including Usha Mangeshkar Productions’ Pavana Katha Dhondi and Aryan Film’s ‘Tai Tallinn’, which are considered lost. Dev Anand’s ‘Tere Ghar Ke Samne’ and Raj Kapoor’s ‘Parvarish’ have recently been added to NFAI. Magdum said, “We keep buying films for preservation and reaching out to production houses for the same. In 2018, the negatives of 21 films of RK Studio were also handed over to NFAI, including ‘Aag’, ‘Barsaat’, ‘Awara’, ‘Boot Polish’, ‘Shree 420’, ‘Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai’. ‘Sangam’, ‘Mera Naam Joker’, ‘Kal Aaj Aur Kal’, ‘Bobby’, ‘Dharma Karam’, ‘Satyam Shivam Sundaram’, ‘Prem Rog’, ‘Biwi O Biwi’, ‘Ram Teri Ganga Maili’ and ‘Come back now’. NFAI has films by V Shantaram, Subhash Ghai, Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Basu Bhattacharya and also posters of Amitabh Bachchan and ‘Mughal-e-Azam’s six-sheeter poster’.

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