NFAI: World’s Largest Film Restoration Project

Recently, the Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) said that Rs 363 crore has been allotted to take up the world’s largest film restoration project under the National Film Heritage Mission (NFHM).

Where the restoration project will be set up?

The restoration project is set to come up at the National Film Archive of India (NFAI), Pune.

How many films will be restored?

Under the project around 2,200 films of different languages will be restored.

Who shortlisted the films to be restored?

The films for restoration have been shortlisted by language-wise committees consisting of filmmakers, film historians, and producers such as Aparna Sen, Shriram Raghavan, Anjali Menon, and Vetrimaaran.

What will be done under restoration?

  • The restoration project will involve digital and semi-automated manual picture and sound restoration from the best surviving source material.
  • The damages will be cleaned during the restoration process. The sound will be restored using hi-technology. After restoration, the digital picture files will be color graded and balanced to achieve the look of the film at the time of the original release.
  • After restoration, all the films would be well preserved digitally

What is the National Film Heritage Mission (NFHM)?

National Film Heritage Mission (NFHM) was approved by the Information and Broadcasting (I&B) ministry in 2014 for restoring and preserving the film heritage of India. It was allocated a budget of Rs 597 crores. It is one of the world’s largest film preservation missions. This mission has taken care of the digitization/restoration of films available with the National Film Archive of India (NFAI) and other media units.

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