An excellent homage to Indian film archivist Mr P.K.Nair who can rightly be called-"Henri Langlois" of India.
It is true that "Celluloid Man" is being appreciated in current times at various film festivals and other allied cinematographic forums but it is truly a film for posterity as generations to come would need to learn a lot about the need for film preservation."Celluloid Man" is a perfect film for everyone for various reasons.Firstly,for Indian audiences,it is an excellent homage to Mr P.K.Nair who can rightly be called-Henri Langlois of India.He is India's sole authority about film archiving and film preservation. Those who know Nair Sahaab,as Mr P.K.Nair is fondly called by his admirers,would have no hesitation in stating that his fervent passion for cinema would remain unparalleled. Secondly,Indian cinema is being closely followed in the west and in many ways "Celluloid Man" is the apt reference work which would enable Indian cinema enthusiasts to discover new facets of the glorious years of Indian cinema.As far as Indian documentary films are concerned,audiences are familiar with government sponsored works by Films Division.By directing "Celluloid Man",Shivendra Singh Dungarpur has charted a new course for documentary films in India. His film conveys its serious message yet remains entertaining in its essence.Film critic Lalit Rao got a chance to interact with messieurs P.K.Nair and Shivendra Singh Dungarpur before the screening of this film during Bangalore International Film Festival 2012.
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