Rajkumar Hirani, one of India’s most important modern filmmakers, handed the original negatives of PK to the National Film Archives of India yesterday.
Mr. Hirani, an alumnus of Pune’s Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) said, “It is the duty of a filmmaker to ensure that the original negatives of his or her films are preserved for posterity and for the entertainment and study of future generations of cineastes and scholars. I appeal to all filmmakers to support the NFAI in this important endeavour.”
The film, which starred Aamir Khan, was a popular satire that was highly appreciated by both viewers and critics. Hirani also gave Director, NFAI Prakash Magdum, almost 300 cans including early rushes from the film as well as outtakes from his other extremely hit 2009 feature, 3 Idiots.
“The significance of the acquisition of the negative of PK (2014) is that it is one of the last films to be shot on celluloid. Mr. Hirani also generously gave us a large number of posters, lobby cards, and still photographs from films that constitute his body of work,” said Mr. Magdum.
PK, which starred Aamir Khan in the unique titular character of a humanoid alien and was directed by Mr. Hirani, broke a lot of box office records.