I could not preserve most of my films: Mani Ratnam
Chennai, Jul 27 PTI : Veteran director Mani Ratnam urged the film industry to encourage the preservation and restoration of the film, as the absence has resulted in the loss of many classics.
The director, best known for iconic films such as “Nayakan”, “Roja”, “Thalapathi” and “Bombay”, said he has failed to protect his past films.
“We were floating in the dark, our films disappeared, we could not have a correct copy of the films made in 2000. Even now we do not know what to do about it.
“All the late Balu Mahendra films are gone, and most of my films are gone. Now we are not able to go back,” Ratnam told reporters at the annual preservation workshop And restoration of the film India 2017.
The director praised Shivendra Singh Dungarpur, archivist and founder of FHF (Film Heritage Foundation) for her work in preserving the film.
“When I met Shiv, he gave us a new ray of hope. For a country that makes so many movies, we are beginning to think about preserving and restoring it, which is an art.
“A written word is preserved in many forms, but the films that make up both audio and visual must be done with care and much more detail,” said Ratnam.
Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan, who was also present at the event, said: “Preservation saves nothing for historical references.”
The actor said that despite one of the largest film nations in the world, India had contributed very little to the preservation of the film.
Haasan recalled how people misunderstood him when he supported digital technology during the release of “Vishwaroopam”.
“As one of the champions of digital cinema, people have confused it as my fight against movies.” “My battle has been to advance technology, and that does not mean we will lose everything What we have, “he said.
“The film industry should present itself to preserve, save and preserve our cinematographic heritage intact … It is an important workshop for those interested in cinema itself, in the cinema not only today but yesterday.
Film Heritage Foundation and Viacom18 have collaborated with a host of international organizations for the workshop, which will take place from 7 to 14 October in Chennai.