After loss of the print of Alam Ara and many other classics, a Film Heritage Foundation has now been set up by Shivendra Singh Dungarpur, a popular filmmaker and film archivist.
Also, many veteran artists from the fraternity will be a part of an advisory board which will select films to be restored. That includes lyricist Gulzar, filmmaker Shyam Benegal, director Kumar Shahni and Girish Kasaravalli, founder director of the National Film Archives of India, P K Nair, actress Jaya Bachchan along with foreign artists like Irish director Mark Cousins, Polish director Krzysztof Zanussi, director of an Italian Film Festival, Gian Luca Farinelli. According to Dungarpur, despite us having a heritage of classics that were produced in the 50s, almost 80 percent of the films have already been lost, one of which was Alam Ara. Hence, a restoration process is a must.
Shivendra Singh, who has been a part of this process before, will kick start the restoration of films from June 28 and some of the films which will be a part of this are Mother India, Kaagaz Ke Phool, Pyaaza and Madhumati.
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