National Film Archive of India safeguards the heritage of Indian Cinema for posterity and act as a centre for dissemination of a healthy film culture in the country. Promotion of film scholarship and research on various aspects of cinema also form a part of its Charter. Familiarizing foreign audiences with Indian Cinema and to make it more visible across the globe is another declared objective of the Archive.
madhur bhandarkar who has also won three National Awards for his films Chandni Bar, Page 3 and Traffic Signal said on this important initiative, "I am very happy that NFAI is preserving my films. I feel it is of a critical importance that we preserve our films. Our industry has some very respectful and milestone work which is left just like that, but if it is preserved it can be viewed at any time in the future and hence our work gets an everlasting life. I am thankful to the Ministry of I & B, Government of India."
Mr. Vijay Jadhav, the director of NFAI said, "madhur bhandarkar's films are very popular and widely seen. His films are very much in demand for various film festivals and they also arouse a lot of interest in students and youngsters. I would like to thank madhur bhandarkar for his kind gesture and I respect his understanding for the value of Film Preservation. His name is synonym with hard hitting, realistic, mirror to society kind of cinema. His films not only get critically acclaimed, but are also recognized with awards and make quiet a much wave with the Box Office success."
However, breaking the shackles, Madhur is now stepping out of his genre for the first time and making a slice of life, romantic comedy titled Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji, which is slated to release on 28th January, 2011 all over.
National Film Archive of India (NFAI), which falls under Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India, will now preserve all the films of renowned Indian Filmmaker madhur bhandarkar. Chandni Bar, Page-3, Corporate, Traffic Signal, Fashion and Jail by the realistic filmmaker will now find space in Government's Archival data for Indian Films. The director handed over the copies of all his films to the NFAI today in Pune.