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Celluloid Man (2012)

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This is the story of Mr P.K.Nair, a man who talks,eats,dreams and sleeps cinema. Lovingly known as Henri Langlois of India, Nair Sahab (P.K.Nair) is the man behind archiving of many films in India.





Credited cast:
U.R. Ananthamurthy U.R. Ananthamurthy ... Self
G. Ananthappa G. Ananthappa ... Self
Beena Antony ... Self (as Beena Nair)
Vivek Athavale Vivek Athavale ... Self
Shabana Azmi ... Self
Ramachandra Babu Ramachandra Babu ... Self (as K. Ramachandra Babu)
Jaya Bachchan ... Self (as Jaya Bhaduri)
Kumar Bangarappa ... Self (as M.K. Bangarappa)
Saira Banu ... Self
Jahnu Barua ... Self
Shyam Benegal ... Self
Mahesh Bhatt ... Self
Suresh Chabria Suresh Chabria ... Self
Basu Chatterjee ... Self
Vidhu Vinod Chopra ... Self


Celluloid Man is a tribute to India's pioneering film archivist - P.K. Nair. Mr. Nair's fascination with cinema began as a child. He would collect ticket stubs, lobby cards, even weighing machine tickets sporting pictures of the stars of the day - and finally film cans. He grew up to be a great collector of films - and so the National Film Archive of India was born. He built the Archive can by can in a country where the archiving of cinema is considered unimportant. Thanks to Mr. Nair, the Archive still has nine precious silent films of the estimated 1338 silent films made in India, and Dadasaheb Phalke, the father of Indian cinema, has a place in history today. His encyclopaedic memory for film was legendary - he could tell you exactly in which reel of a film to find a particular scene. He influenced generations of filmmakers especially the Indian New Wave filmmakers such as Mani Kaul, Kumar Shahani, Adoor Gopalakrishnan and John Abraham. As Mr. Nair speaks, we see the history of ... Written by Hammad Khan

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Fascinating story of Indian Film Archivist Nair Saab
31 March 2020 | by saanyadua7See all my reviews

Nair Saab has always fascinated me. I've tried to gather as much information about him and his work in the field archiving as I possibly can. So to my delight when I came across this documentary on Netflix I had to watch it right away.

It's amazing to hear the tales of his life from his own recollection and that of others. A legendary man who is solely responsible for starting the system of archiving films in India.

If only I could meet the man himself I would love to talk films and know his opinions and share mine. I'm a filmmaker and screenwriter so a person like him who is so well-versed in the craft would be an experience of a lifetime.

You've got to see the documentary to understand how important he is to the film world.

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