As part of 100 years of Indian Cinema celebrations, well-known documentary filmmaker, Shivendra Singh Dungarpur delivered SACF’s 11th Dada Saheb Phalke Memorial Lecture – “The Future of Indian Cinema’s Past”.
Deeply committed to the preservation and restoration of cinema, Shivendra has been travelling all over India looking for old film prints and film memorabilia to preserve and is actively campaigning with contemporary filmmakers to archive their film prints.
In his lecture Shivendra talked about lost films of Indian cinema such as Alam Ara (1931) and the commitment to find them. He elaborated on the importance of creating awareness and attitudinal change for film preservation.
Shivendra Singh Dungarpur began his career as an assistant director to his mentor, writer-lyricist and director, Gulzar.
After graduating from FTII, Shivendra launched himself as a producer-director in 2001 under the banner of “Dungarpur Films”. Winner of two coveted Indian National Awards, Shivendra’s Celluloid Man is his first feature length documentary. It is a tribute to an extraordinary man, Mr. P.K. Nair, who built up the National Film Archive of India can by can in a country where film preservation is generally completely disregarded.
Chairperson: Robin Baker, Head Curator, BFI.
Special Guest: P.K. Nair, renowned film archivist and former founder director National Film Archive of India, Pune (around whom Celluloid Man is centred)