Oscar-nominated director Christopher Nolan arrived in India for a three-day trip on Friday. The filmmaker famous for marvels such as Dunkirk, Interstellar, Inception, The Dark Knight series and many more arrived with his wife and children in Mumbai today morning. Nolan is here to take part in a talk about the future of cinema, particularly film – a cause that he has become the most dedicated spokesperson for. Filmmaker-archivist Shivendra Singh Dungarpur will be hosting the renowned filmmaker and he hopes the director’s trip to India will draw attention to the cause of film preservation and restoration.
Nolan has often spoken about restoring old film reels and, in fact, is slated to present the 70mm print of Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece “2001: A Space Odyssey” at the Cannes Film Festival to mark the movie’s 50th anniversary. A public lecture on ‘Process and the Non-Deliberate Act’ by visual artist Tacita Dean is slated to take place today. It will be followed by a discussion on ‘Reframing The Future Of Film’ on Monday in Mumbai with Nolan, Dean, and Dungarpur. A roundtable discussion is also planned with prominent personalities of the Indian film industry to be attended by Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Kamal Haasan, Shyam Benegal and others.
Dungarpur has been at the forefront of restoration efforts in Indian cinema and even made a film, “The Celluloid Man”, on Indian archivist PK Nair but the filmmaker feels the film industry here is still apathetic towards its heritage.
Without taking names, Dungarpur says he reached out to almost the entire industry, including Bollywood and people from southern cinema, but never found any help.
“They just say what you are doing is great, we are proud of you. Instead of saying I will help you, I have been told others should come and help you. Everybody knows about our foundation, we have done three workshops. We have been voicing for this since three years. We are looking for the heritage of the film industry and we do not get funding to safeguard their heritage,” he adds.