Reel life of the real Celluloid Man

Published: 18 October, 2012 11:50 IST | The Guide Team |

Along with films from around the world, the upcoming Mumbai Film Festival will also screen a documentary, Celluloid Man, based on the life of legendary film archivist, PK Nair

As a tribute to PK Nair, who established the National Film Archive of India in Pune, Shivendra Singh Dungarpur has helmed a documentary, which will be screened at the 14th Mumbai Film Festival on October 22.

Film poster of Celluloid Man

The film, Celluloid Man, delves deep into the life and efforts of Nair, who preserved film archives, can by can. The National Film Archives of India still has nine silent films of the 1,700 silent films made in India. The film also highlights the history of Indian cinema and the importance of preserving and restoring our Indian cinematic heritage. “It is thanks to Mr Nair that we had the chance to watch the best of world and Indian cinema and he has touched the lives of generations of filmmakers and actors,” says Dungarpur.

Many actors came forward to shoot interviews for the film including Shyam Benegal, Mrinal Sen, Gulzar, Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Rajkumar Hirani, Lester James Peries, Kamal Hassan, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Sriram Raghavan, Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah, Kundan Shah, Kumar Shahani, Saeed Mirza, Ketan Mehta, and Jaya Bachchan.

Pakistan at MFF
Pakistani filmmaker Iram Parveen Bilal’s debut film, Josh will be seen at The Mumbai Film Festival as well. Josh is the only Pakistani film to make it to the Festival this year.

Director Iram Parveen Bilal

The film is based on the story of Fatima, a committed schoolteacher living the cosmopolitan high life in Karachi, who is devastated when her nanny, Nusrat, inexplicably disappears.

Film poster of Josh

Though her friends and family beg her not to disturb the status quo and confront the powerful feudal lords in Nusrat’s village, Fatima travels there to investigate.

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