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NFAI acquires Vijaya Mulay’s individual selection

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Movie historian’s trove features scarce guides, educational documentaries, 16 mm movies, Planet Cinema classics

In however a further treasure trove acquisition, Nationwide Film Archive of India (NFAI) has gained the personalized collection of outstanding documentary filmmaker, renowned movie historian and educationist Vijaya Mulay.

The selection consists of rare publications on varied subject areas — from movie criticism to cinema record — a amount of 16 mm films, instructional documentaries and a assortment of Entire world Cinema classics.

One particular of the pioneers of the Film Modern society movement in India, the late Mulay’s close friendships with these kinds of luminaries as directors Satyajit Ray, Louis Malle and Mrinal Sen afforded her a special viewpoint on Indian film and documentary filmmaking. She was especially observed for her impressive documentaries on instruction.

The precious collection was introduced by her daughter, award-winning actor Suhasini Mulay.

“We are delighted and definitely honoured to obtain this substantial collection which will be of massive use to researchers and historians. A emphasize in this treasure trove is a 16 mm print of an educational movie, Kishan And His Magic Chariot (1980), which was generated by Vijaya Mulay. The film talks about methods of finding out and training by emphasising on the require to unleash curiosity in just learners to take a look at the environment,” said NFAI director Prakash Magdum.

NFAI acquires Vijaya Mulay’s personal collection

The assortment consists of additional than 200 books in distinctive languages, movies in 16 mm format, and a number of VHS tapes. The textbooks range on a myriad of movie topics — from Indian cinema to biographies of legendary filmmakers. They also incorporate journals, journals, movie dictionaries, and official documents of film festivals throughout the globe.

Some films include things like a duplicate of the 1921 German silent film, The Indian Tomb, which was scripted by legendary filmmaker and director Fritz Lang, who helmed classics like Metropolis (1927) and M (1931). Other folks include Malle’s gorgeous documentary film Calcutta (1969), and Going Shots (2000) by Colin Law, one more documentary which is a visible exploration of Law’s personalized assortment of war illustrations or photos.

“A highlight amid the VHS tapes is a French Tv set sequence J’ai fait un beau voyage. The episodes in this collection functions interviews with the famous Italian filmmaker Roberto Rossellini, who directed these types of masterpieces as Open up Metropolis and Paisan. The collection broadcasted from January to August 1959,” said Mr. Magdum.

The collection consists of a documentary movie directed by Suhasini Mulay, Tapan Bose and Salim Shaikh on the December 1984 Bhopal gasoline leak titled, Bhopal: Past Genocide (1986).