Top officials announced on Tuesday that national award-winning filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani’s blockbuster “PK” (2014), starring Aamir Khan and one of the last few films filmed on celluloid in Indian cinema, has entered the National Film Archives of India (NFAI) collection.
Hirani paid a visit to NFAI Director Prakash Magdum and handed over the original camera negative of ‘PK,’ a sociopolitical satire starring Aamir Khan as an alien stranded on Earth.
The Aamir Khan starrer ‘PK,’ directed, edited, and written by Rajkumar Hirani and co-produced with Vidhu Vinod Chopra, is also one of the final films shot on celluloid in the country, as film production shifted to the digital format in 2013-2014.
Rajkumar Hirani also handed up roughly 300 cans of rushes from PK, in addition to the original camera negative. The NFAI also received the outtakes from his last smash, ‘3 Idiots,’ for preservation.
The NFAI will also receive a large amount of paper material, including posters, lobby cards, and images from Hirani’s films.
The original negatives of Rajkumar Hirani’s earlier mega-films, including as ‘Munnabhai MBBS’ (2003), ‘Lage Raho Munnabhai’ (2006), and ‘3 Idiots’ (2009), are also preserved at the NFAI, according to Magdum.
Nagpur-born Hirani, 58, is a significant contemporary Indian director who has made a name for himself with his distinct filmography, tackling touchy social problems in a light-hearted manner and presenting a fresh viewpoint on current events. He is an alumnus of FTII, Pune.