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Film Heritage Foundation is an initiative to save India's cinematic heritage: Big B

The Film Heritage Foundation (FHF), which is a non-profit organisation that was set up by film-maker Shivendra Singh Dungarpur last year, is dedicated to supporting the conservation, preservation and restoration of films.

bollywood Updated: Feb 13, 2015 12:55 IST
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The Film Heritage Foundation (FHF), which is a non-profit organisation that was set up by film-maker Shivendra Singh Dungarpur last year, is dedicated to supporting the conservation, preservation and restoration of films. Now, to promote their cause, FHF is organising a week-long film restoration workshop for students from India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Titled, Film Preservation & Restoration School India 2015, the workshop will be inaugurated by Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan and the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis, on February 22.



Bachchan says he was moved by the idea behind the endeavour and hence, is supporting it. "When I met Shivendra of FHF, I was shocked to hear how much of our rich cinematic legacy we had lost, and that we will lose many more of our classics if urgent steps are not taken for their preservation and restoration," says Bachchan.



He adds, "I think the Film Preservation & Restoration School India 2015 (the workshop) is a pioneering initiative to save India's cinematic heritage and I am happy to support and endorse the cause by being the chief guest at the opening ceremony... I hope that this will be the start of a movement to save our cinema."



For the restoration program, FHF has reportedly collaborated with Hollywood film-maker Martin Scorsese's The Film Foundation, and the International Federation of Film Archives. The workshop will include lectures,presentations and practical classes on film preservation. "The opening ceremony will see the screening of the restored version of (Italian film-maker) Sergio Leone's A Fistful Of Dollars (1964), starring Clint Eastwood," says a source from FHF.