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At Jaykar Bungalow: Reel by reel, a journey into the history of Indian cinema

At Jaykar Bungalow: Reel by reel, a journey into the history of Indian cinema
Prakash Javadekar after the evaluation assembly at NFAI on Sunday (Categorical photograph by Arul Horizon)

The Jaykar Bungalow, situated on the campus of the Nationwide Movie Archive of India (NFAI) on Regulation School Highway, will reopen subsequent month in its model new function as a digital movie library, which can supply movie aficionados a chance to interact with, and take notes from, Indian cinema of yesteryear. Data and Broadcasting Minister (I&B) Prakash Javadekar, who visited NFAI on Sunday to conduct a evaluation of Nationwide Movie Heritage Mission (NFHM), the Centre’s Rs 597-crore celluloid movie conservation programme, stated the Narendra Modi-led central authorities was severe about preserving the wealthy historical past of Indian cinema.

Jaykar Bungalow was as soon as residence to Mukundrao Ramrao Jaykar, a barrister who was additionally the primary vice-chancellor of the Savitribai Phule Pune College. The bungalow, categorized as a grade I heritage construction by the Pune Municipal Company, was in-built 1945. Later, it was handed over to the Movie and Tv Institute of India (FTII), the place it was initially used because the residence of the institute’s chief Jagat Murari within the 1960s. The constructing was additionally used as a ladies’ hostel briefly, earlier than turning into the NFAI’s workplace in 1973.

“The Jaykar Bungalow will have a digital library where film lovers will have easy access to books and to the film library, documentation section, non-film materials, among other things,” stated Javadekar. The digital library may also present a personalised movie viewing house for these searching for to review the movies.


On show: Digital variations of movies, posters, magazines

The work to revive Jaykar Bungalow and convert it right into a digital library began in the midst of 2016. This mission goals to make the numerous treasures of Hindi cinema, which had been digitised by NFAI not too long ago, accessible to movie lovers. The Archive has additionally digitised numerous non-filmic materials resembling posters, pictures and magazines. Aside from that, it goals to digitise almost 1,00zero characteristic movies and 960 brief movies underneath NFHM.

Presently, viewers can use the steenbeck tables or watch the movie within the auditorium. The researchers need to pay Rs 50 per hour to make use of the steenbeck desk and Rs 2,00zero per hour for the auditorium. An extra payment of Rs 100 for per reel of black and white movies, and Rs 200 for color movies, is charged.

The NFAI may also begin development work to construct new movie vaults on the 3-acre plot it had acquired from the Movie and Tv Institute (FTII) of India final yr, stated Javadekar.

“More films have to be stored at the Archive… however, there’s a shortage of space as all the vaults are full. So, we are building additional vaults and a plot for that has been acquired from the FTII. The work will commence soon,” stated the Union minister.

In December 2018, the FTII and NFAI, that are each underneath the jurisdiction of the I&B Ministry, had signed a Memorandum of Understanding for switch of land for the development of a storage facility for movies and movie materials.

At Jaykar Bungalow: Reel by reel, a journey into the history of Indian cinema
Jaykar Bungalow on the NFAI campus (Categorical photograph by Arul Horizon)

No movie reels of NFAI lacking or destroyed: Javadekar in Lok SabhaPrakasOn Friday, Data and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar was requested an unstarred query in Lok Sabha a few current report by the Comptroller and Auditor Normal (CAG), which identified that as many as 31,00zero archival reels with the Nationwide Movie Archive of India (NFAI) had both been misplaced or destroyed. In response, Javadekar stated the CAG report was unsuitable in concluding that the reels had been “lost or destroyed”.

“Department of Audit and Accounts under the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) carried out a check of records maintained by National Film Archive of India, Pune in 2017 and noted that out of about 1,32,000 film reels/cans available with NFAI, bar code stickers were pasted only on 1,00,377 stickers. Here, it’s clarified that bar code stickers were pasted only on those reels/cans, which were clear from all technical aspects. Remaining reels/cans have been identified for removal of technical deficiencies. So no reels/cans have been lost or destroyed,” Javadekar stated in his response within the Lok Sabha.

This response by the I&B minister is in contradiction to what NFAI Director Prakash Magdum had stated when the difficulty of “missing reels” first cropped up in 2017. In August 2017, in a written response to queries by The Indian Categorical, Magdum had said that as many as 28,401 reels had been “disposed of” by the archive in 1995 and 2008.

“As per available records, 28,401 reels were disposed of in 1995 and 2008. The same has not been struck off from the NFAI records. As per the old staff at NFAI, similar disposal of films were carried out during the time of Shri P K Nair, for which no record is available,” Magdum had stated.

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