Good progress made on conservation of India’s cinematic heritage

The National Film Heritage Mission has undertaken a massive preservation and conservation of Indian films under which it has carried out condition assessment of about 1.32 lakh film reels so far.

“Film condition assessment work of nearly 1.32 lakh film reels has been completed and the preventive conservation work is underway. The work on digitization of film reels will commence soon,” said Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Information and Broadcasting and Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. He visited National Film Archive of India on Monday.

Javadekar reviewed the ministry’s project of ‘National Film Heritage Mission’, and various activities undertaken under this project. “The government is setting up new preservation facilities (vaults) at 3 acres of land. Also, NFAI will have a dedicated children film club, benefiting children of different age groups,” added Javadekar. “The restored Jaykar bungalow will have a new digital library and personal viewing space for film researchers.”

“Film condition assessment work of nearly 1.32 lakh film reels has been completed and the preventive conservation work is underway. The work on digitization of film reels will commence soon,” said Javadekar

According to the minister, the broader objective of the project is to undertake film condition assessment and preventive conservation of around 150,000 film reels, digitization of around 3500 films, picture and sound restoration of around 2000 landmark films of Indian cinema, construction of preservation and conservation facilities (vaults), training and workshops and creating a comprehensive Web-based End to End IT solution.

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