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  • 5,000 Classics of Indian Cinema Will Be Restored

    "5,000 Classics of Indian Cinema Will Be Restored
    Jordan Raup○December 6, 2022

    As the recent Sight and Sound poll further confirmed, while the current canon is an ideal starting point for any burgeoning cinephile, an entire world of filmmaking awaits, much of which has yet to be properly restored. Now, one of the most major restoration initiatives of all time has been unveiled.

    The National Film Archive of India has announced plans to restore 5,000 classics of Indian cinema, Variety reports. With some of these restorations having already been completed and premiering earlier this year––including Satyajit Ray’s 1970 drama Pratidwandi (The Adversary) at Cannes and his 1977 drama Shatranj Ke Khilari (The Chess Players) at Venice––their efforts include 2,200 restorations, with 5,000 total being digitized.

    Undertaking this mammoth project will be their National Film Heritage Mission, “with the objectives of 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; training and workshops for in-house capacity building; and web-based end-to-end.”"

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    As much as Bollywood isn't my bag, this kind of preservation effort is to be lauded. If only the Chinese government wasn't hell-bent on the opposite in Hong Kong...