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Celluloid Man Review

Celluloid Man Rating: 3.5/5

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Ratings:–  Review By:  Rajeev Masand  Site:CNN IBN (IBNLive)

Although long and occasionally indulgent, this documentary is a must-watch, particularly for film buffs, because it’s a journey in celluloid, intercut by a wondrous collection of scenes from an encyclopedia of Indian and international classics. Shot on 16mm film stock and by renowned cinematographers, ‘Celluloid Man’ has a rich feel, in parts nostalgic, in parts contemporary as filmmakers ponder whether Nair’s archiving will be taken forward in the years ahead. This is an unusual tribute to a film visionary; if you’re a lover of film, I recommend that you make the time for it.

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Ratings:–  Review By:  Anupama Chopra  Site:Star World ( Hindustan Times)

A quick mention here of Celluloid Man, a documentary on the life of P.K. Nair, directed by Shivendra Singh Dungarpur. P. K. Nair is the powerhouse behind the National Film Archive. With craft and care, Shivendra recreates Nair’s journey, his struggle, his courage and his wide-reaching influence. Celluloid Man is proof that one man can change the world. Don’t miss it.

Ratings:3.5/5  Review By:  Karan Anshuman  Site:Mumbai Mirror

Of the 1700 films that were made in the silent era in India, only nine exist today. This number would’ve been zero, had it not been for one man. That man is PK Nair. And he is the Celluloid Man, India’s greatest and perhaps only legit film archivist. Celluloid Man maybe a documentary. But this is only a facade. What it really is, is a film in love with film. Director Shivendra Singh Dungarpur unearths many unimaginable and unheard of facts as he uses PK Nair as an anchor to trace the evolution of cinema and weaves an inspiring story of a one-man army who tasked this endeavor upon himself as he went about collecting and managing over 12,000 film prints until he retired in 1991.

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Ratings:3/5  Review By:  Renuka Vyavahare  Site:Times Of India (TOI)

The film is a comprehensive coverage of Nair’s extraordinary life journey.From Trivandrum to film studios in Mumbai to finally ending up as a film collector in Pune, from an aspiring filmmaker to a strict archivist, various facets of his life have been captured beautifully. Films mean much more to Nair than entertainment. “I understand the world and people better through cinema” says he. If you feel the same, don’t miss out on this one.

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Ratings:4/5 Review By:  Shubhra Gupta  Site:Indian Express

Shivendra Singh Dungarpur’s beautifully detailed documentary is not just the story of Nair and how he built up the National Film Archive. It is also the story of Indian cinema, and it is wholly appropriate that Celulloid Man releases today.Celluloid Man feels a trifle long, but then its arc has necessarily to be long, because it covers so many decades and filmmakers and filmmaking. It is a true labour of love. Give it some of your time.

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