Kochi | Veteran Indian film archivist, film scholar and the founder and director of the National Film Archive of India in 1964 Paramesh Krishnan Nair has been chosen for the Living Legend Award, instituted by the Kodungallur Film Society.
Informing this, Society President Kutty Kodungallur said the committee unanimously selected Mr Nair, who is considered to be the guru of many famous film directors in the country, for the third award of the society.
The award carries a cash prize of Rs 25000 and plaque to Mr Nair on July 11 at Kodungallur, he said.
Many prominent film directors, including Kamal, script writer John Paul, Kamal K M, poet P N Gopikrishnan and I Shanmugha Das were expected to take part in the ceremony.
Mr Nair was awarded the Satyajit Ray Memorial Award in 2008, Celluloid Man, a documentary on Nair was made by Shivendra Singh Dungarpur, which premiered at the Il Cinema Ritrovato in Bologna, Italy in June 2012.
Later, it won two National Awards at the 60th National Film Awards, including Best Biographical Film and Best Editing.
He was instrumental in acquiring for the archive several landmark Indian films like Dadasaheb Phalke’s Raja Harishchandra and Kaliya Mardan, Bombay Talkies films such as Jeevan Naiya, Bandhan, Kangan, Achhut Kanya and Kismet, S. S. Vasan’s Chandralekha and Uday Shankar’s Kalpana.