NFAI has acquired about 2500 film posters of Indian cinema. The collection includes about 1500 Hindi film posters, in addition to a number of Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam ones. These posters range from 1942 onwards till recent times. The collection showcases the evolution of film publicity covering various techniques of poster-making.
The highlight of the acquisition is a very rare 6-sheet poster of Mughal-e-Azam (1960). The poster consists of six separate sheets and is of the dimensions 10 ft x 5 ft. It’s an offset print of a hand-painted poster. Thanks to its massive size, the poster achieves the astonishing feat of conveying volumes about the film. The poster has everything – from long shot depictions of the war sequence to a colourful snapshot of the sheesh mahal sequence, all done in beautiful brushstrokes.
To balance the grandeur of these two depictions, the poster also features two intimate portraits. Akbar (Prithviraj Kapoor) sheds a tear in an emotional moment with his son and heir Salim (Dilip Kumar) as they are about to go to war. The shadow of Akbar’s war gear on his face is gorgeously detailed. And to cap things off, there’s a heartrending portrait of Anarkali (Madhubala) in chains, one of the iconic images of Hindi cinema.
Another highlight of the acquisition is posters for 90 Amitabh Bachchan films, including one of his earliest films Sanjog (1971) and his unreleased film Zamaanat.
- 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.