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Preserve and restore Bengali films on war footing: Big B

IANS  |  Kolkata 

legend on Saturday called for restoring old Bengali films on a war footing and urged the industry and the public to come together in building a movement on the issue.

Delivering his inaugural speech at the opening ceremony of here, also expressed his happiness at the government's initiative.

"If we don't take urgent steps, in hundred years very few Bengali films will be left to celebrate. We must save a hundred Bengali films. This works should be taken up on a war footing. The film industry and public should come together and join this movement," said as the capacity crowd at the listened to him in rapt attention.

Bachchan said it was heartening that the has entered into an agreement with the for training 60 resource personnel.

an important part of Bengal's cultural ethos, he said the state produced some of the greatest film directors over decades, with great works and accolades in numerous international film festivals.

"As we celebrate the 100 years of Bengali Cinema, there is a need to talk about those who work behind the scenes of these celebrated film productions, accomplished technicians and creative minds that are never truly given their due."

"Depending on what your job is you are doing your part to get a shot ready. In all probability the camera caretakers are busy loading the film in the camera, the makeup and hair stylists are getting the actors ready in the makeup room and so on."

He said very few movie enthusiasts were aware that several famous directors began their careers on very humble circumstances working behind the scenes almost unknown and unrecognised, he said.

his point, Bachchan referred to celebrated who entered the cinema world as a camera assistant, while another began working initially as a and then as a

Similarly, the struggled as a at the factory in (erstwhile)

Turning to contemporary filmmakers, he said Rajkumar Hirani slogged away as a film editor, started as an assistant to Vidhu Vinod Chopra, and was a for several years before becoming a

Bachchan said many top stars began their careers as faceless assistants.

"kids work as assistants to learn the art of filmmaking. assisted his father (Rakesh Roshan) in four films, and worked as assistant director to for 'My name is Khan'. Parineeti Chopra was an unknown marketing intern in "

He said while Satyajit Ray's films are applauded for the craftsmanship and content, the contribution of cinematographer Subrata Mitra cannot be undermined.

He said a film unit extends much beyond the stars, the

"There is the clapper boy, sound mixer, boom operator, the gaffer, the and so on," he added.



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First Published: Sat, November 10 2018. 23:52 IST