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Rajkumar Hirani’s ‘PK’ added in NFAI collection

Filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani handing over the original camera negative of his 2014 film 'PK' to NFAI Director Prakash Magdum in Mumbai on July 6, 2021. Photo: PIB

Mumbai, July 6 (MNN) The National Film Archive of India (NFAI) has announced addition of original camera negative of Rajkumar Hirani’s popular film PK (2014) in its collection.

Hirani is one of the major contemporary Indian filmmakers who has carved a niche for himself through his distinct filmography over the years.

Hirani on Tuesday handed over the original camera negative of his 2014 film PK to NFAI Director Prakash Magdum in Mumbai.

“It was important to preserve the negative and I am very happy that it would be preserved in NFAI at Pune. It is the duty of a filmmaker to ensure that the films are preserved and I appeal to all filmmakers to support NFAI in this important cause,” said Hirani on the occasion.

Magdum said: “We are happy to continue our association with Hirani as his earlier acclaimed films are also being preserved at NFAI. It is wonderful to add ‘PK’ in our collection, especially because it was shot on celluloid.”

The transition from celluloid to digital in terms of production of films in India happened during 2013-14. Therefore, it is all the more important to have this film for preservation, Magdum added.

Apart from the original camera negative, about 300 cans consisting of rushes of ‘PK’ and outtakes of ‘3 Idiots’ film were also handed over for preservation.

A huge paper material consisting of posters, lobby cards and photographs of films directed by Hirani would also be handed over to NFAI.

Hirani, an alumnus of FTII, is known for his light-hearted take on tackling social issues through his films and provide a new perspective on contemporary issues.

The original negatives of Hirani’s earlier films like Munnabhai MBBS (2003), Lage Raho Munnabhai (2006) and 3 Idiots (2009) are already being preserved at NFAI.
Written, edited and directed by Rajkumar Hirani, ‘PK’ is a wonderful political satire on the Indian society.

Co-produced by Hirani along with Vidhu Vinod Chopra, ‘PK’ also happens to be one of the last few films to be shot on celluloid in India.

Commenting on superstition, ‘PK’ with the quirky titular character of an alien tries to make sense of the world around, in an eccentric but endearing way.

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