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National Film Archives adds original negatives of 162 films to kitty

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Published : Sep 14, 2017, 1:48 am IST
Updated : Sep 14, 2017, 1:48 am IST

Apart from Hindi films, haul also has Gujarati, Marathi, Bhojpuri and Nepali movies.

Collection includes Amitabh Bachchan’s debut film Saat Hindustani, other classics.
 Collection includes Amitabh Bachchan’s debut film Saat Hindustani, other classics.

Mumbai: The National Film Archive of India (NFAI) has added 162 films to its kitty, making it one of the largest film acquisitions in recent times.

The highlight of this addition is that more than 125 films are original/dupe negatives of the films (as opposed to release positives).

Almost 44 of these films belong to the black and white era. Interestingly, the haul also includes 15 unreleased films. Apart from large chunk of Hindi films from various eras, it also consists of 34 Gujarati, 15 Marathi and six Bhojpuri films as well as Nepali films.

One of the gems in the collection is the original negatives of Mahatma, a six-hour documentary footage of Mahatma Gandhi by Vithalbhai Jhaveri, a filmmaker-cum-photographer, who was also an associate of Gandhi.

The collection also includes films which NFAI did not previously possess prints of, in any format like the Hindi films Faslah (1976) and Amarsingh Rathod (1957); the Nepali film Maiti Ghar (1966) by B.S. Thapa, starring Mala Sinha with music by Jaidev and the Marathi movie Aalay Toofan Daryala (1973) by Jaywant Pathare.

Some of the other important movies in this collection are original negatives of Sitara (1939) by Ezra Mir, Mani Kaul’s Uski Roti (1969); K. A. Abbas’ Saat Hindustani (1969), which was Amitabh Bachchan’s debut venture; the Dilip Kumar starrer Kohinoor (1960); Mahmood’s Kunwara Baap (1974); Prithviraj Chouhan (1959); Amber (1952), starring Nargis and Raj Kapoor; Zindagi Aur Toofan (1975) as well as the Gujarati film Jeevi Rabaran (1980) and the Marathi Banya Bapu (1977).

The collection also includes Kon Ichikawa’s renowned film, Tokyo Olympiad (1965), which documents the 1964 Summer Olympics.

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