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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

I&B Ministry to push project to save rare movies


Written by Raghvendra Rao | New Delhi | September 3, 2014 2:36 am


Proposal for National Film Heritage Mission to be put up before Cabinet.

Regarded as the country's first indigenous feature film, Raja Harishchandra has been lying in a vault in the National Film Archive of India in Pune for years now. With the government all set to clear the setting up of a National Film Heritage Mission soon, this film, along with many more rare and exceptional works, could soon be restored, digitised and made available in the market in DVD form.

Piloted by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, the proposal to set up the National Film Heritage Mission is likely to be put up before the Union Cabinet soon. To be set up at a cost of Rs 597 crore, it is essentially aimed at preserving India's filmic legacy — most of which exists on fast-deteriorating celluloid reels.

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