Paramesh Krishnan Nair, who had dedicated his life to preservation of films and building the collection of films at the NFAI. Nair joined the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune as a research assistant in 1961 and went on to play a key role in setting up the National Film Archives of India (NFAI) in 1964. He was appointed assistant curator in 1965 and continued with the NFAI till 1991.
By the time when Mr. Nair retired as NFAI director, he had acquired a whopping 12,000 films for the archive out Of these, 8,000 were Indian and the rest foreign films. His life and work has been immortalized in the documentary Celluloid Man, made by Shivendra Singh Dungarpur.
Mr. Nair went to Kolkata to meet Uday Shankar and get a copy of his dance-drama, ‘Kalpana’. This adventure in search of missing prints became a binding passion for Nair. He traveled far and wide in the country, in trains, buses, and with local guides. Some of the classics he retrieved from oblivion and saved for posterity are: Kaliya Mardan, Bombay Talkies’ films such as Jeevan Naiya, Bandhan, Kangan, Achhut Kanya and Kismet.