The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting plans to restore and digitise 1,300 films under the National Film Heritage Mission (NFHM).
Speaking on the sidelines of the inauguration of NFHM’s multimedia exhibition centre at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said this would serve as a reference for the next generation. “A dedicated team has been assigned the task to preserve films under the heritage mission,” he said.
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Asserting the importance of NFHM, Rathore said, “Films are a medium to narrate stories… But with the passage of time, these visuals become history. There is a need to have greater dedication and use advanced technology to preserve such old films, and the government has decided to take it up. The result will be readily available for the future generation,” Rathore said.
Director, National Film Archive of India, Parkash Madgum said they have restored nearly 300 films and digitised about 500.