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NFAI Acquires 162 Films Including 15 Rare Unreleased Films

NFAI has acquired 162 films, with more than 125 films in original/dupe negatives. The acquisitions include 15 rare unreleased films as well as classics such as Saat Hindustani (1969), Uski Roti (1969), Amber (1952), Kohinoor (1960), Zindagi Aur Toofan (1975) and more.

InTalkies Short Film Contest 2017 for Bengali Filmmakers
InTalkies Short Film Contest 2017 for Bengali Filmmakers
InTalkies Short Film Contest 2017 is now open for entries. Standout film in Jury Choice and Popular Choice categories will win prize money worth USD 1250.
NFAI Acquires 162 Films Including 15 Rare Unreleased Films
NFAI Acquires 162 Films Including 15 Rare Unreleased Films
NFAI has acquired 162 films, with more than 125 films in original/dupe negatives. The acquisitions include 15 rare unreleased films as well as classics such as Saat Hindustani...
The Spontaneity of Nutan That Rose Above 'Acting'
The Spontaneity of Nutan That Rose Above ‘Acting’
Nutan amazed us with every role she did – she lived the character, spontaneous, natural, unaffected. So you watch Kalyani and Sujata and Aarti Sohanlal (Anari) not Nutan....
Yesterday's Films for Tomorrow - PK Nair's own writings on cinema
‘Yesterday’s Films for Tomorrow’ – PK Nair’s Writings on Cinema to be Launched
Legendary archivist PK Nair’s unique obsession with cinema built a monument to the memory of Indian cinema – the National Film Archive of India (NFAI) in Pune. For the...
Father Gaston Roberge delivering a lecture – a familiar image to the film students of Kolkata for the last five decades
Father Gaston Roberge – A Master Teacher of Film Theories
Father Gaston Roberge is a legend. A Canadian Jesuit, he travelled to India and settled in Kolkata in the early ‘60s and have been a resident ever since. In 1970 he setup...
Waheeda Rehman  - The Woman of Substance On-Screen
Waheeda Rehman – The Woman of Substance On-Screen
"In Pyaasa, Mujhe Jeene Do, The Guide, Teesri Kasam and Kaagaz Ke Phool – Waheeda’s best four movies to my mind, Waheeda played the women who...
Om Puri – The Luminance of a Natural Actor
Om Puri – The Luminance of a Natural Actor
Om Puri passed away on 6 January 2017 after four decades of acting. One of the pioneer faces of the Indian ‘parallel’ cinema movement of the 70s and 80s, Om Puri later...
A still from Gurvinder Singh’s Ghuspaithiya
DIFF 2016 – A Peek at the Indian Short Films
Curated by film-maker Umesh Kulkarni, the Dharamshala International Film Festival 2016 (DIFF 2016) presents to the audience an eclectic mix of short films. Silhouette editor...
Hrishikesh Mukherjee: In a Humane Genre of His Own
Hrishikesh Mukherjee: In a Humane Genre of His Own
Be it the tragedies like Anand, Mili and Satyakam or the hilarious comedies, Hrishida handled both genres with ease. He was the master of the masquerade....
Sadhna in Asli Naqli
The Gorgeous Style Icon Sadhana
Some of the most enchanting, lilting, melodious, memorable songs are associated intrinsically with the gorgeous style icon Sadhana. A tribute to the renowned star.
Sanjeev Kumar - The Actor Who Rose Above The 'Hero'
Sanjeev Kumar – The Actor Who Rose Above The ‘Hero’
The sheer versatility of Sanjeev Kumar outpaces his contemporaries. His repertoire of roles include everything from young to the old, sensitive to comic.
Hyderabad Bengali Film Festival 2016
Viewers to Decide Winners with Viewer’s Choice Award at HBFF 2016
HBFF 2016 is showcasing two films that have not yet opened to the paying public in Bengal. More importantly, as in the previous years, Content is the Star for HBFF – not...
Raj Khosla and music composer Madan Mohan - a partnership that created classic such as Woh Kaun Thi, Mera Saya and Chirag.
Suspense, Romance, Crime Thrillers, Offbeat, Social Drama: The Trend-setting Films of Raj Khosla
From crime thrillers (CID, Kala Pani) to suspense dramas (Woh Kaun Thi, Mera Saya); from romantic films (Solva Saal, Do Chor) to the unconventional...
The cover of The Pather Panchali Sketchbook, Harper Collins India, 2016
The Pather Panchali Sketchbook – An Intricately Delicate Entry into a Master’s Creative Mind
This was no traditional screenplay. Satyajit Ray 'drew' the script of his first film Pather Panchali in a sketch book, using the sketches as a visual guide when he...
The Calcutta Film Society in early 2016 (Pic Courtesy: Internet)
For the Love of Cinema – the Story Behind the Calcutta Film Society
The Calcutta Film Society was registered in October 1947, with Satyajit Ray, Chidananda Dasgupta, Manojendu Majumdar and Purnendu Narayan as the founding members. The society...
Soumitra Chattopadhyay in Benarasi, produced by Ruma Guha Thakurta, directed by Arup Guha Thakurta.
Book Review: Beyond Apu Brings Out the Versatility of Soumitra Chatterjee
The twenty selected films and their socio-historical analysis, coupled with anecdotes from the actor himself, help to trace the progression of Soumitra Chatterjee. A Book...
Lalita Pawar: The Dominating Matriarch And Scheming Manthara
Lalita Pawar: The Dominating Matriarch And Scheming Manthara
A tribute to Lalita Pawar, the prolific Indian actress with some interesting anecdotes on her life and times.
Cover of the booklet 'Nabendu Ghosh'
Nabendu Ghosh: The Master of Screen Writing
March 27, 2016 marks the birth centenary of Nabendu Ghosh, the legendary script and screenplay writer who quietly worked behind the scenes with some of the best known filmmakers...
A still from Celluloid Man featuring PK Nair (Pic courtesy: Celluloid Man by Shivendra Singh Dungarpur)
Remembering PK Nair – ‘He Changed the Way We Viewed Cinema’
As the news of India’s ‘Celluloid Man’ bidding adieu to the world came in, those memories of twenty years ago came back as fresh as yesterday. A tribute to PK Nair....
Jaya Bachchan in Guddi
Jaya Bachchan: A Slot-less Act
Jaya Bachchan is a name synonymous with endearing, real and honest characters in Hrishikesh Mukherjee films. However, the acting powerhouse has much more to her than her image....
Amitava Nag and Soumitra Chatterjee at the book launch.
Beyond Apu: 20 Favourite Film Roles of Soumitra Chatterjee Launched
Veteran actor Soumitra Chatterjee himself released the book Beyond Apu: 20 Favourite film roles of Soumitra Chatterjee today in the presence of the author of the...
Waheeda Rehman: Quintessential Beauty with Intense Acting Prowess
Waheeda Rehman: Quintessential Beauty with Intense Acting Prowess
Waheeda Rehman, a rare combination of quintessential beauty with amazing acting talent and dancing skills is one of the most celebrated actors of Hindi film industry. She...
A personally autographed picture of Suraiya (Picture courtesy Jyoti Prakash Guha)
Suraiya: The Last Singing Star of Indian Cinema
Suraiya, possibly the last singing star of the golden era of Hindi films is one of the most beloved artists. Her beauty coupled with melodious voice captivated the hearts...
In his own room (Pic Courtesy: Shreya Goswami)
Beyond Apu – the Genius of Soumitra Chatterjee
This is not a biography since Soumitra himself doesn’t believe in one as he mentions in his note on the book. It is also not a comprehensive analysis of Soumitra’s work;...
Front cover of the book
Bimal Roy’s Madhumati – Untold Stories from Behind the Scenes
Bimal Roy's Madhumati (1958) is an Indian masterpiece starring Dilip Kumar and Vyjantimala. Rinki Roy Bhattachaya, his daughter has written this book as almost an offering...
Suchitra Sen – the most glamorous star of Bengali cinema
Forever Suchitra Sen
Suchitra Sen mirrored the independent woman – much earlier than the true feminist waves lapped on the Indian shores. A beautiful woman whose inner strength emanated into...
Bimal Roy directing Suchitra Sen and Dilip Kumar for Devdas (Pic: From the collections of SMM Ausaja)
Bimal Roy: The Eastern Mystic Who Made Films
Bimal Roy's films refrained from preaching even as they handled problems of such serious dimension as the abuse and exploitation of farmers (Do Bigha Zameen) or the...
Smita Patil A Brief Incandescence
The Incandescence of Smita Patil
Smita Patil, the book, is a detailed chronicle of the actresses' work. It is the sum total of the amazing roles essayed in an eventful career by an actress with star quality,...
Ashok Kumar
Ashok Kumar: A Colossus of Indian Cinema
With his classic Bengali good looks, a mischievous smile and exceptional histrionic abilities, Ashok Kumar was the first to bring to Indian cinema the spontaneous “natural”...
Guru Dutt and Abrar Alvi
 Pic courtesy: From the collections of Pakanati Lakshmi Priya
Myths about Guru Dutt
The only myth that remains close to reality, is the one about Guru Dutt being a complex personality. In remembrance of the iconic filmmaker on his death anniversary today...
Hrishikesh Mukherjee: Giving Cinema a New Definition
Hrishikesh Mukherjee: Giving Cinema a New Definition
Honesty has been the hallmark of Hrishikesh Mukherjee's films which neither pretended to be of the arty-intellectual kind nor compromised to the demands of the box-office....
Main Zindagi Ka Saath Nibhata Chala Gaya - Evergreen Dev Anand
Main Zindagi Ka Saath Nibhata Chala Gaya – Evergreen Dev Anand
Style and fashion icon Dev Anand with his city-slick and charismatic persona left behind a rich legacy of films that are still loved for their superior camera work, exceptional...
Sparks fly when the sophisticated millionaire Rajnath Samanta (Uttam Kumar) grandly woos the self-respecting, independent artist Shakuntala (Suchitra Sen).
Asit Sen’s Bengali Films: A New Paradigm in Pathbreaking Narratives
Asit Sen's forte lay in his ability to balance the script and handle complex characters with ease and sophistication. An exploration of his Bengali films as a tribute on his...
Adoor Gopalakrishnan
Adoor Gopalakrishnan Retrospective at Osianama
Osianama’s cinematic retrospective of Adoor Gopalakrishnan from Friday 18th till Thursday 24th, 2015 is one of the most important things that could have happened in Mumbai...
A family pic of Uttam with his wife and son
Making of Uttam Kumar: The Star, The ‘True’ Bhadralok
3rd September 2015 is the birth anniversary of Uttam Kumar. This article looks at the probable reasons behind the ‘star’ appeal of the legendary actor and the cementing...
60 Years of Pather Panchali and Some Questions on Indian Cinema
60 Years of Pather Panchali and Some Questions on Indian Cinema
The Society for the Preservation of Satyajit Ray Archives commemorated 60 years of Pather Panchali with a seminar. A report on the star-studded event,
Bhanu Bandyopadhyay - The "Common Man's" Comedian
Bhanu Bandyopadhyay – The “Common Man’s” Comedian
Bhanu Bandopadhyay created a genre in humour at a time when he had tough competition from the best among comedians in Bengali cinema beginning with his predecessors and continuing...
Asit Sen: Sensitive, Women-Centric Films in a Class of their Own
Asit Sen: Sensitive, Women-Centric Films in a Class of their Own
In a brief repertoire, Asit Sen left an indelible mark in Hindi cinema with a handful of masterpieces that are brilliant examples of bold, women-centric themes, outstanding...
Gulzar: Redefining Poetry and Purpose In Cinema
Gulzar: Redefining Poetry and Purpose In Cinema
Gulzar's films are known for their tight screenplay, witty dialogues and themes that explore intense humanism and his poetry appeals across generations. For this multi-faceted...
Gulzar: Creating a New Genre of Lyrical Romance
Gulzar: Creating a New Genre of Lyrical Romance
Gulzar - poet, lyricist, dialogue-writer and director has written stories for more than fifty films and songs for many more. His directorial roster has films on the pathos...
Meena Kumari (Pic courtesy: Wikipedia)
No One Quite Like Her –  The Inimitable Meena Kumari
"Good looks, great talent and unhappiness. Perhaps no other star combined all three in such a heady brew as Meena Kumari did." Sathya Saran, Consulting Editor with HarperCollins...
Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen steal the hearts of the audience with their simple yet charming eloquence in Saare Chuattor
Mahanayak Uttam Kumar – the Most Enduring Matinee Idol
Uttam Kumar remains the biggest hero of Bengali cinema till date – a ‘Maha nayak’. 35 years after his death, his shadow still looms large on an industry which had a...
'Fans Kya Hain, Mujh Sey Puchhon' – Looking Back at Rajesh Khanna
‘Fans Kya Hain, Mujh Sey Puchhon’ – Looking Back at Rajesh Khanna
Rajesh Khanna, the first ‘superstar’ of Hindi cinema had passed away on July 18, 2012. Is the maverick star who lived lonely for many years still important? A Silhouette...
To Biswas’s credit to generations of film-goers Chhabi Biswas as Rahmat remained an epitome of the Kabuliwalas in the streets of Calcutta.
Chhabi Biswas – Inimitable and Indomitable
Chhabi Biswas was truly the first international actor of Indian cinema – an actor for whom probably no laurel is worth enough. Silhouette Magazine pays tribute to this legendary...
Satyajit Ray and Suchitra Sen at BFJA Awards in 1962
Salaam Cinema – An Extraordinary Tribute
Salaam Cinema is more of a “personal” tribute to a few legendary figures of Indian Cinema. The exhibition will display some rare photographs though these are not presented...
Nargis and Raj Kapoor - Redefining Dreams, Aspirations and Romance
Nargis and Raj Kapoor – Redefining Dreams, Aspirations and Romance
Nargis and Raj Kapoor together gave a new dimension to mainstream cinema, capturing the imagination of audiences not just in India but across the globe. What made their magic...
Rituparno and Deepti Naval
Rituparno Ghosh – The ‘Enfant Terrible’ of Contemporary Indian Cinema
In a strange way Rituparno’s positioning in the Bengali cultural space has similarities and parallel with two most revered Bengali film-makers of all times – Satyajit...
No star in the span of more than six decades has been able to match Prithviraj’s charm, grace and screen presence that he gave to Sohrab Modi’s epic Sikandar. (A rare hand-painted poster of Sikandar)
Prithviraj Kapoor – The Icon of Hindi Cinema
The life and times of Prithviraj Kapoor, theatre legend and the founder of Hindi cinema’s first family. A special tribute to this legendary actor on his death anniversary,...
Where Morality Counts
Where Morality Counts
"I have always believed that the political aspect of Mrinal Sen’s films – certainly his better ones – is eclipsed by their over-riding human concern." John W Hood explores...
The Master and His Actor
The Master and His Actor
Soumitra narrowed his focus on Ray’s handling of actors – how awe-inspiring it was to find that he would probably never cast someone who doesn’t seem fit for the role...
Agantuk is a meditation on the present world and Manikda’s view on civilization.
My Journey to India – in the Cave of My Heart
As the years passed, I began to feel that the main character in several of the following movies of Satyajit Ray could be seen as a figure of Apu proceeding on his journey...
Nayak and A Hard Day's Night
Nayak and A Hard Day’s Night
Escape is a theme in both films, with the Beatles given more opportunity for and being much better at it than Arindam. His escape comes mostly in dreams, and even they turn...
whether it is Indranath in Kanchanjanga or Shyamlendu in Seemabaddha or Natabar Mitter in Jana-Aranya, their very freedom to expound their beliefs makes them reveal their moral worthlessness to the viewer.
‘Illuminating Ray’ A Critique on Gaston Roberge’s Satyajit Ray: Essays (1970-2005)
Ray’s extraordinary Calcutta films have not attracted a fraction of the analysis devoted to his early work. Western critics have tended, with the exception of Andrew Robinson...
Suchitra Sen, the enigma, the star, the ethereal beauty, the style icon, an actress par excellence, has been the undisputed Queen of Hearts for Bengali cine fans across generations. (Pic courtesy: Internet)
Rahe Na Rahe Hum: ‘Mahanayika’ Suchitra Sen’s Aura Lingers On…
Suchitra Sen, the enigma, the star, the ethereal beauty, the style icon, an actress par excellence. A tribute on her birthday.
Anhonee Ko Honee Karde: A Tribute To Manmohan Desai
Anhonee Ko Honee Karde: A Tribute To Manmohan Desai
Filmmaker Manmohan Desai etched his place in history of Bollywood for delivering some of the biggest hits that whizzed audiences away into a world of make-believe, where simple...
History, Rare Heritage Stars Of Osian's Film Memorabilia Auction
History, Rare Heritage Stars Of Osian’s Film Memorabilia Auction
An unprecedented Collection of 200+ Lots are set to go under the hammer at 'The Greatest Indian Show on Earth' Osian’s auction of vintage & rare Indian film memorabilia,...
Ritwik Ghatak: A Crusader Of The Rootless
Ritwik Ghatak: A Crusader Of The Rootless
Ghatak’s films, remarkable for their lacerating quality and heightened form of realism are almost at loggerheads with Satyajit Ray’s lyricism.
Appreciating Human Foibles Like None Other
Appreciating Human Foibles Like None Other
Sarat Chandra and Bimal Mitra were the only ones who made me empathize with their characters.
Coveted Merchandise From Cult Films Go Under The Hammer At Online Auction Today
Coveted Merchandise From Cult Films Go Under The Hammer At Online Auction Today
StoryLTD's first ever online Film Memorabilia Auction, featuring a covetable range of merchandise from cult films, is all set to open today at 8 pm.
Remembering Rituparno Ghosh
Remembering Rituparno Ghosh
To Rituparno Ghosh’s credit he brought a section of the Bengali audience back to the cinema halls – to me this is his greatest contribution to Bengali cinema and any history...
A Walk Down Memory Lane With Basu Chatterji
A Walk Down Memory Lane With Basu Chatterji
The posters, booklet covers, lobby cards, LP vinyl covers and postcards, are eclectic art work that not only define a filmmaker’s vision when designing a film’s publicity...
Director Basu Chatterji and Hema Malini on the sets of Ratnadeep
A Manzil of Memories: Rare Memorabilia Of Basu Chatterji’s Films
An archival exhibition of film stills and memorabilia of the legendary director Basu Chatterji, organised by Sensorium and Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts will open in...
Unknown Stories Behind Rare Film Posters
Unknown Stories Behind Rare Film Posters
Film historian and archivist SMM Ausaja unveils the unknown stories behind posters - the hand-painted posters, the rare posters that have been restored, the difference between...
The Legend That Was Meena Kumari
The Legend That Was Meena Kumari
Widely acclaimed for her heart-touching performances in tragic and grief-stricken roles, Meena Kumari earned herself the epithet of “Tragedy Queen”. Pain and anguish was...
Jeevan Ka Matlab To Aana Aur Jaana Hai: Tribute To Actress Nanda
Jeevan Ka Matlab To Aana Aur Jaana Hai: Tribute To Actress Nanda
In a career spanning over 71 films, Nanda worked with a range of co-stars from rank newcomers to the biggest stars, and boldly chose roles that exploited her histrionic talents,...
An Indian Film Theory?
An Indian Film Theory?
We need to look back and deep into the cinema of ours - with pride and reverence. The medium is developed and sharpened by the West but we use it to tell our story. The Indian...
Farooq Sheikh: The Humble, Spontaneous Boy-Next-Door Hero
Farooq Sheikh: The Humble, Spontaneous Boy-Next-Door Hero
Farooq Shiekh was an actor par excellence. He played complex characters with such conviction that touched a cord with the audience. Today on his birth anniversary (25th March),...
Common Threads Between Bollywood's Queens of Hearts
Common Threads Between Bollywood’s Queens of Hearts
Bollywood's reigning queens over the decades have always had some thread of distinct commonality between themselves.
Valentine Day's Gift To Cinema: Effervescent Madhubala
Valentine Day’s Gift To Cinema: Effervescent Madhubala
On Valentine's Day, we present some of the most romantic songs Madhubala brought to life as her birthday falls on the day the world celebrates love.
Alam Ara
Alam Ara – The First Ever Indian Talkie
The impact and epoch-making role of Alam Ara, the first Indian talkie that catapulted Indian films from the silent era into the world of sound and music.
Two Legends and Their Lives: Uttam Kumar Suchitra Sen
Two Legends and Their Lives: Uttam Kumar Suchitra Sen
Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen ushered in a new age of star-power and charisma. The why’s and how’s of their togetherness mystified an entire generation.
Saluting Indomitable Human Spirit: Tribute to Tapan Sinha
Saluting Indomitable Human Spirit: Tribute to Tapan Sinha
Tapan Sinha chose stories that reflected society in all its varied colours. His speciality lay in making his images speak with masterful use of symbolism.
The National Award winning film Harano Sur is considered one of the landmark films of the Uttam-Suchitra pair
Romance In Cinema – Uttam Kumar And Suchitra Sen – A Case Study
Many a literary pieces has been penned on Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen, yet the urge to know more about Bengal’s most legendary onscreen romantic pair seems unquenchable....
The most successful adaptation of a Tagore story outside Bengal was of course, Hemen Gupta’s Kabuliwala, produced by Bimal Roy, starring the veteran actor Balraj Sahni.
From Kolkata to Dublin via Kabul: Tagore’s Internationalism And Cinema
At a symposium organised to mark the 150th birth year of Rabindranath Tagore in Dublin last month, the organising team – a small group of five academics with an interest...
Sare Chuattar
Cast: Uttam Kumar, Suchitra Sen
Director: Nirmal Dey
Co-Existence Of Parallel Cinema With Popular Cinema In Bengal In The 50s And 60s
Ever since the emergence of regional cinema in India, Bengal and it’s films and film makers have played a dominant role in the shaping of cinematic history of the country....
Images And Imagery: A Poet’s Engagement With Moving Images
Images And Imagery: A Poet’s Engagement With Moving Images
Sometimes Tagore made improvements on the scenario and the dialogues. But he did not suggest radically alternative treatments to the films
Bharati Devi in Tapan Sinha's Nirjan Saikate(1963)
Bharati Devi — Documenting Memories
Bharati Devi had been, and still is the sole torchbearer of the most important historical era of Indian Cinema.

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