Prashant Patharbe,director of Press Information Bureau in Pune,has taken over as the new director of the National Film Archives of India (NFAI). Patharbe assumed charge of the office on Wednesday.
The post was temporarily filled in by the former Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) director Pankaj Rag was left vacant after the previous director Vijay Jadhav passed away following a heart attack on December 13 last year.
Having worked with Doordarshan for over 14 years,I have a good idea about the various techniques that go into the making of films,especially the post production work. While I still have to look around the facilities and get down to work here I will make it a point to carry on the work that has been going on at the institute.
He said Jadhav and he were close friends since their induction days in Delhi. Vijay (Jadhav) worked towards the restoration of films here at NFAI and I will be aiming at continuing the same. At NFAI,the focus is on procuring rare films and restoring the ones that are in bad shape.
While he did not divulge details,he said a ‘lot of new things are in store for the archives.’
FTII gets new director
Meanwhile,the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) too has the Dean (TV) Iftekar Ahmed take over as the interim director of the institute. Former director Pankaj Rag was recently transferred to Bhopal. Ahmed will be remain interim director till a new director is appointed,said a press release.