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Films By Satyajit Ray, Akira Kurosawa Missing From National Archives; Shabana Azmi Calls For Smriti Irani’s Intervention


Shabana Azmi on Thursday drew Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani’s attention to reports that over 9,000 film prints are missing from the National Film Archive of India (NFAI), Pune.

The actress tweeted the following:

The Indian Express daily accessed data from NFAI under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, and found out that 51,500 cans of film reels, and over 9,200 prints “were not physically present” at the archives. Also, 4,922 cans containing 1,112 film titles, which are not listed in the NFAI’s registers, were present in its vaults.

A “missing” list includes hundreds of culturally and historically important titles, including celluloid prints of films by Satyajit Ray (Pather Panchali, its sequel Aparajito and Charulata), Mehboob Khan (Mother India), Raj Kapoor (Mera Naam Joker, Awaara), Mrinal Sen (Bhuvan Shome), and Guru Dutt (Kaagaz ke Phool), among others.

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