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India announces world’s largest film restoration project

  • Category
    History
  • Published
    17th May, 2022

Context

The Union Minister of Information & Broadcasting has announced the World’s largest film restoration project under National Film Heritage Mission (NFHM). 

About

  • Out of the total outlay of Rs 597 crore earmarked for this mission, Rs.363 crores is exclusively put for the restoration project which is all set to commence in full swing at the National Film Archive of India (NFAI).
  • About 2200 Indian films would undergo restoration under the National Film Heritage Mission.

National Film Heritage Mission (NFHM):

  • Launched in:2016 by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting 
  • Aim:To preserve, restore and digitize India’s cinematic heritage.
  • The objectives of NFHM are:
  • Condition assessment of film reels to ascertain the remaining life of the film,
  • 2K/4K picture and sound restoration of landmark films of Indian and recording of new picture and sound inter-negatives of each film,
  • Digitization of films,
  • Construction of archival and preservation facilities called vaults,
  • Trainings and workshops for in-house capacity building, and
  • Web-based end to end IT solution.
  • Implementing Agency: National Film Archives of India (NFAI).

National Film Archive of India (NFAI):

  • National Film Archive of India (NFAI) was set up in February, 1964 as a media unit of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India.
  • The primary objective of NFAI is acquiring and preserving Indian cinematic heritage.
  • This includes preservation of film and non-film material including but not limited to celluloid, stills, glass slides, posters, lobby cards, scripts and song booklets.
  • Headquarters: Pune, Maharashtra.
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