Mumbai: In a tragic incident as many as 51,500 film cans have gone missing from the National Film Archive of India (NFAI),news report claimed.
The ‘missing films list’ includes a number of historically and culturally important films. The films include those made by Satyajit Ray’s Pather Panchali and its sequel Aparajito and Charulata, Mehboob Khan’s Mother India, Raj Kapoor’s Mera Naam Joker and Awaara. Not only these the list also included legendary Indian filmmaker Mrinal Sen’s Bhuvan Shome, Guru Dutt’s Kaagaz ke Phool and several other Indian cinemas.
Not just films made by Indian directors, several international films have also gone missing from the National Film Archive of India. National and international films from the silent era too are in the list. These include works of Sergei Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin, Vittorio De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves aka The Bicycle Thief, Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, Roman Polanski’s Knife in the Water and Andrzej Wajda’s Ashes and Diamonds.
Apart from films, footage from real historical events from pre-Independence India has also disappeared. These include Mahatma Gandhi’s visit to Paris, the Indian National Congress’s Karachi congregation and US president Richard Nixon’s address during his visit to India 1969.