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Film archives Pune on a rainy day in June
Old NFAI building in the Monsoons (Pune)

The National Film Archive of India was established as a media unit of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in February 1964. Its three principal objectives are

  • To trace, acquire and preserve for posterity the heritage of Indian cinema;
  • To classify, document data and undertake research relating to films;
  • To act as a centre for the dissemination of film culture.

With headquarters at Pune, Maharashtra, NFAI has three regional offices at Bangalore, Calcutta and Thiruvananthapuram. Developed from scratch by P. K. Nair, NFAI's activities relating to dissemination of film culture are manifold. Its Distribution Library has about 25 active members throughout the country and it also organises joint screening programmes on weekly, fortnightly and monthly basis in six important centres. It has over 10,000 films, over 10,000 books, over 10,000 film scripts, and over 50,000 photographs. Another important programme is the film teaching scheme comprising long and short term Film Appreciation courses conducted in collaboration with the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) and other educational and cultural institutions. At the International level, NFAI supplied several Indian classics for major screening programmes.

Prakash Magdum is the present director of the NFAI.[1][2]

The NFAI's archive keeps a stock of films, video cassettes, DVDs, books, posters, stills, press clippings, slides, audio CDs, and disc records of Indian cinema dating back to the 1910's. In March 2019, the NFAI reported that 31,000 of its film reels had been lost or destroyed. 100,000 reels had bar code stickers, indicating they were still in the archives.[3]


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