India, 2012
Length / Feature: 150 minutes
Length / Special feature: 13 minutes
Sound: Original stereo 2.0 /
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound option
Colour and Black & White
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1 /
16:9 anamorphic
Languages: English, Hindi, Kannada,
Bengali, Malayalam
Subtitles: English (fixed)
Region 0
RRP: £12.99
buyRelease Date: 14th April 2014
Second Run DVD 084

Celluloid Man is a tribute to film archivist and obsessive cinephile P.K. Nair, a man whose childhood fascination with cinema finally led to the creation of the National Film Archive of India. In a country where film preservation was once regarded as irrelevant, Nair's has been a long, hard fight to preserve precious fragments of India's film heritage that would otherwise be lost forever.

Comparable to France's late, great 'man of cinema', the noted film archivist Henri Langlois, Nair has also influenced generations of Indian filmmakers by introducing them to new worlds through the prism of cinema. Featuring wonderful clips and interviews with many Indian and international filmmakers, this award-winning documentary is both a portrait of a man's passion with film and a love letter to cinema itself.

This illuminating documentary is presented on DVD for the first time anywhere in the world.

The DVD features a new, director-approved digital transfer of the film, and includes a newly filmed, exclusive interview with the director, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound option and an accompanying booklet with an essay by Mark Cousins and extracts from the director's own production diaries.

more about the film

Related Titles

P.K. Nair, Krzysztof Zanussi, Lester James Peries,
Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Saeed Akhtar Mirza, Gulzar,
Basu Chatterjee, Naseeruddin Shah, Kamal Haasan,
Girish Kasaravalli, Jahnu Barua, Jaya Bachchan, Dilip Kumar,
Saira Banu, Sitara Devi, Santosh Sivan, Rajkumar Hirani,
Shyam Benegal, Mahesh Bhatt, Yash Chopra, Ramesh Sippy,
Mrinal Sen and Surama Ghatak

Directed by Shivendra Singh Dungarpur

Cinematography - Santosh Thundiyil, K.U. Mohanan,
Avik Mukhopadhyay, P.S. Vinod, H.M. Ramachandra.
R.V. Ramani, Vikas Sivaraman, Mahesh Aney,
Ranjan Palit, V. Gopinath, Kiran Deohans

Editor - Irene Dhar Malik
Sound design - Mohandas
Music - Ram Sampath
Associate director - Manju Parvathy Iyer

Special Features
• Presented in a new high-definition transfer, approved by the director.

• 'In conversation with Shivendra Singh Dungarpur' - a newly filmed, exclusive interview with the director.

• 20-page booklet featuring an essay by filmmaker, curator and author Mark Cousins and extracts from the director's production diaries.

• Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound option.

• World premiere release on DVD.

2013 National Film Awards of India /
Winner: Best Biographical Film

2013 Kiev International Documentary Film Festival /
Winner Best Archival Film

2013 Bimal Roy Memorial Emerging Talent Award -
Shivendra Singh Dungarpur

2014 Mumbai International Film Festival / Special Jury Award

"One of the best movies ever made about cinema"
Mark Cousins

"A film about film history may sound dry, but the stories captured here crackle with life and enthusiasm" Eye for Film

"Will delight the most serious cineastes"
The Hollywood Reporter

"If you love cinema, you should make the time for it" IBN Live

"A masterful documentary on how one man's obsession
saved the history of Indian cinema"

"Contains a plethora of amazing clips from obscure Indian films, which are alone worth the asking price of this disc"
David Jenkins, Little White Lies


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