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Government will preserve 2200 films in different languages ​​at a cost of Rs 363 crore: Anurag Thakur

New Delhi, May 5 (PTI) Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur on Thursday said India has launched the world’s biggest film preservation project under which 2,200 films in different languages ​​will be preserved at a cost of Rs 363 crore.

After reviewing the organization’s work during his visit to Pune, Thakur said the preparation for the conservation project is in full swing at the National Film Archive of India (NFAI).

Language-wise committees of filmmakers, film historians, producers such as Aparna Sen, Sriram Raghavan, Anjali Menon and Vetrimaaran have selected films for preservation, an official statement said.

The Minister informed that “National Film Heritage Mission, besides restoration, also includes conservation processes of film status assessment, preventive conservation and digitization with a total allocated budget of Rs 597 crore, which is one of the largest film conservation missions in the world.” is.”

The National Film Collection of India restored ten iconic films of Satyajit Ray to be screened at various international film festivals.

A new version of Ray’s classic “Pratidwandi” will be released later this month in the Cannes Classics section.

A restored version of 1978 IG Aravindan’s Malayalam film “Thump” will be screened at the Restoration World Premiere at the Cannes Festival by the Film Heritage Foundation.

Apart from Satyajit Ray’s films, various feature films like ‘Neelkuyil’ (Malayalam) and ‘Do Aakhen Barah Haath’ (Hindi) will also be preserved.

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