With the latest contribution by National Award winning filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra, National Film Archive of India (NFAI), Pune has enriched its collection of non-filmic cinematic heritage.
The donation includes ancillary material of the films like Parinda (1989), 1942: A Love Story (1994), Kareeb (1998), Mission Kashmir (2000), Parineeta (2005), Eklavya: The Royal Guard (2007).
The collection is a mix of lobby cards, film posters, song booklets, contact sheets, promotional catalogs and working stills of the aforementioned films. Working stills are photographs that were taken behind the scenes, in the process of shooting the film.
Chopra has handed over working stills from the shooting of Kareeb (1998) and Mission Kashmir (2000). But the most significant part of this collection is perhaps the handwritten notes and audio-video continuity sheets penned by him for Eklavya: The Royal Guard (2007). An embossed, leather bound book containing the synopsis and promotional material for Eklavya is also part of the collection.
Apart from these six film titles, the master filmmaker has also presented a Retrospective book and a DVD set containing all his films, starting from Khamosh (1985) till Parinda (1989).
Speaking about the latest addition, Prakash Magdum, Director NFAI, said, “We are thankful to Vidhu Vinod Chopra for entrusting his valuable ancillary material to us. In addition to this collection, we are proud to have the negatives of 12 of his films currently housed in NFAI’s preservation facilities. It is particularly satisfying that such a valuable collection is coming to NFAI on the 84th birth anniversary of P K Nair, the first director of NFAI. It is a heartfelt appeal to the public to contribute to our mission of preserving India’s cinematic heritage by submitting film and film related material to NFAI”.
Magdum’s appeal to the public was supported by Chopra, “I appeal to everybody who has anything worthy of preserving whether it’s a leaflet, newspaper, photographs, prints, movie stills to send it to them so they can preserve it for centuries to come.”
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