One of the major contemporary Indian filmmakers Rajkumar Hirani, yesterday submitted the original negatives of PK to be added to the National Film Archives of India collection.
“It is the duty of a filmmaker to ensure that the original negatives of his or her films are preserved for posterity and for the entertainment and study of future generations of cineastes and scholars. I appeal to all filmmakers to support the NFAI in this important endeavour,” said Mr. Hirani, an alumnus of Pune’s Film and Television Institute of India (FTII).
Starring Aamir Khan, the film was a popular satire that was received well by audiences and critics alike. Hirani in addition also handed over nearly 300 cans consisting of initial rushes of the film and also outtakes of his other hugely popular 2009 film, 3 Idiots to Director, NFAI Prakash Magdum.
“The significance of the acquisition of the negative of PK (2014) is that it is one of the last films to be shot on celluloid. Mr. Hirani also generously gave us a large number of posters, lobby cards, and still photographs from films that constitute his body of work,” said Mr. Magdum.
Directed by Mr. Hirani, PK, which featured Aamir Khan in the quirky titular role of a humanoid alien, smashed all the box office records.
Earlier films of Hirani, like Munnabhai MBBS (2003) Lage Raho Munnabhai (2006), and 3 Idiots (2009) are already a part of the preserved negatives at NFAI.
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