Rajkumar Hirani’s ‘PK’, one of the last films shot on celluloid in India, now in NFAI Collection
Mumbai, July 6, 2021
National Film Archive of India (NFAI), Pune, today announced a significant addition to its collection -- the original camera negative of Rajkumar Hirani’s film PK (2014), one of the last few films shot on celluloid in the country.
Hirani, one of the major contemporary Indian filmmakers who has carved a niche for himself through his distinct filmography over the years, handed over the original camera negative of PK to NFAI Director Prakash Magdum in Mumbai today.
“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 Mr 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 another Hirani film, 3 Idiots, were also handed over for preservation.
A huge collection of paper material, consisting of posters, lobby cards and photographs of films directed by Hirani, will 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 providing a new perspective on contemporary topics.
The original negatives of his 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 political satire on Indian society. Co-produced by Hirani along with Vidhu Vinod Chopra, PK, which also looks at superstitions in India, with the quirky titular character of an alien, tries to make sense of the world around, in an eccentric but endearing way.