New Arrivals

  • NFAI has added the unfinished films of the master filmmaker Ritwik Ghatak to its collection, made between 1959 and 1968. These films are Kato Ajanare (1959) - 8 reels, Bagalar Banga Darshan (1963) - 4 reels and Ranger Ghulam (1968) - 3 reels. These footages were acquired from the Department of Information and Cultural Affairs, Government of West Bengal with active cooperation from the Ritwik Ghatak Memorial Trust.
  • National Film Archive of India acquired surviving footage of the Indian silent film Bilwamangal (1919) from the Cinematheque Francaise, France. The film produced by the Elphinstone Bioscope in Kolkata later renamed as Madan Theatres Ltd, was directed by Rustomji Dotiwala. NFAI has acquired 594 mts. (28 minutes footage at 18 fps) of this film. The film was originally 12,000 feet long.
  • France donated 19 French films, all in 35mm, ranging from 1995 to 2010 to NFAI in 2016. Some of these films are Hussard Sur Le Toit, Le (1995), Kirikou Et La Sorciere (2000), Esquive (L') (2004) etc.
  • French Embassy in India handed over 60 French films from 1946 to 2011 period to NFAI for preservation. Some of them are: 1946 film "Belle Et La Bete" directed by Cocteau Jean and "Seperation (La)" ,2011, directed by Farhadi Asghar.
  • A delegation from Germany, The Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video, Berlin, Ms.Stefanie Schulte Strathaus, Lara Brodenfeld, Cultural Officer at the German Embassy New Delhi and other members handed over the digitally restored film ‘Ghashiram Kotwal’ in DCP format and set of DVDs to NFAI. It is an Indian film which depicts the socio-cultural and political developments of early times.
  • Armed Forces Films and Photo Division, and the Ministry of Defence deposited an exclusive footage of Jawaharlal Nehru addressing a gathering for preservation at NFAI.
  • NFAI also acquired a nitrate based of Telugu classic film 'Palanati Yuddham' (1947), a film directed by Gudavalli Ramabrahmam and L.V. Prasad in Hyderabad. The 168 minute Black & White film is of historical relevance as it depicts the Battle of Palnadu.
  • The Archive has also received a DVD copy of P.C. Barua's ‘Devdas’, the first talkie adaptation of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's celebrated novel made in 1935 in Bengali. No print of the film was available in the country. A New Theatres production, the film’s only available original negative was deposited with the Bangladesh Film Archive in Dhaka. A three member delegation of Bangladesh High Commission, led by Martuza Ahmed, Secretary of Bangladesh Ministry of Information and Broadcasting presented a DVD copy to NFAI.
  • About 600 film reels of Rare Negatives in Nitrate Based (from 1930 to 1940 era) historic films produced by Shree Bharat Lakshmi Pictures, Kolkata were traced and acquired recently. These films were acquired are part of country's cinematic legacy consist of Bengali, Punjabi, Hindi, Tamil, Gujarati and Telugu languages.