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Rajkumar Hirani’s ‘PK’ negatives acquired by national archives – Times of India


The National Film Archives of India has acquired the camera negatives of Raju Hirani and Aamir Khan’s film ‘PK’. The filmmaker handed over the negatives to the Director of NFAI Prakash Magdum on Tuesday in Pune.

When contacted Prakash Magdum said, “PK is a 2014 film and is one of the last films to have been shot on celluloid when the transition from celluloid to digital technology was taking place in India.” Magdum added, “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.”

NFAI has already acquired most of Raju Hirani’s films which are now preserved in their archives. Madgum added, “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.”

The National Film Archives of India has been regularly acquiring old films and preserving them. Magdum informs that about 70 to 80 Marathi films made in 1950s and 60s have also been acquired by NFAI which includes Usha Mangeshkar Productions’ film ‘Pavna Kathacha Dhondi’ and Aaryan Film’s ‘Tai Telin’, which were considered to be lost.

A few recent additions to NFAI are Dev Anand’s ‘Tere Ghar Ke Saamne’ and Raj Kapoor’s ‘Parvarish’. Magdum said, “We keep acquiring films for preservation and keep reaching out to production houses for the same.”

In 2018, negatives of 21 films from RK Studio were also handed over to the NFAI which includes ‘Aag’, ‘Barsaat’, ‘Awara’, ‘Boot Polish’, ‘Shree 420’, ‘Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai’, ‘Sangam’, ‘Mera Naam Joker’, ‘Kal Aaj Aur Kal’, ‘Bobby’, ‘Dharam Karam’, ‘Satyam Shivam Sundaram’, ‘Prem Rog’, ‘Biwi O Biwi’, ‘Ram Teri Ganga Maili’ and ‘Aa Ab Laut Chale’. NFAI has films of V Shantaram, Subhash Ghai, Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Basu Bhattacharya and posters of Amitabh Bachchan and ‘Mughal-E-Azam’s six-sheeter poster, too.



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