OLD IS GOLD

Film buffs who wish to enjoy the old world charm of Indian silent films can now grab DVDs. As part of the celebrations of ‘100 years of Indian Cinema’, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and the National Film Archive of India recently released DVDs of four silent films.

These include India’s first film, Raja Harishchandra (released in 1913), Kaliya Mardan (released in 1919) and Bengali silent film Jamai Babu (released in 1931).

The Ministry also plans to organise film festivals across 11 countries, including the headquarters of United Nations, World Trade Organisation and UNESCO.

Some other countries where the festivals will be held are Thailand, Poland, Malaysia and Indonesia. The festivals will feature seven to eight feature films and will be organised by the Directorate of Film Festival. They will also be organised across State capitals here.

The Government also plans to produce Films Division documentaries on subjects such as film technicians and support staff, women in Indian cinema, old theatres and studios, old billboard painters and poster makers, besides the evolution of Indian cinema.

The I&B Ministry has already announced the formation of a Film Commission and a National Film Heritage Mission.

An interactive multi-media DVD on the role of Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, as well as Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute of India will also be released early next year.

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(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated September 20, 2012)
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