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Rangbhoomi which is an invocation from the text of semi-autobiographical play of the same title  by Dadasaheb Phalke  has also been selected in the competition section of the prestigious Rome International Film Festival, 2013..

Two Films Division films, Rangbhoomi (Dir: Kamal Swaroop) and Manipuri Pony (Dir:Aribam Syam Sharma) have been selected in the Indian Panorama of 44th IFFI, Goa. Rangbhoomi will be the inaugural film of the Non-feature section of Indian Panorama..

This sure comes as soothing news for documentary film lovers as well as film makers. Films Division, the largest repository of documentaries, many of them having vintage value has slashed the prices of the footage and CDs in a big way after a recent costing review.

The 8000 plus films including INRs, news magazines, documentaries, animation films, shorts and featurettes are now available on VCD/DVD formats at ` 90/ 170 apiece, including taxes. The rare visuals of Gandhi, Nehru, Bose and Ambedkar, freedom struggle etc. can be procured in Beta format for rates ranging from ` 270 to ` 324 per meter while colour footage costs between ` 330 and ` 396. The B&W and color strip (35mm) rates have also come down to as low as ` 320-384 and `470-564 respectively. It may be mentioned that these footages were earlier priced above `1000 in all gauges while the DVD price was ` 338. Along with CDs and footages, the sale price of film prints has also been revised. The down-ward revision in rates will be of great relief for feature and documentary film makers who depend on Films Division for rare footage. Lovers of films on Indian classical music, dance, cinema and culture too stand benefitted with the cost of VCD and DVD coming down.

While Films Division CDs can be purchased from its Pedder Road head office in Mumbai or from its Branches in all major state capitals and cities, the footage can be procured after completing the formalities from its HO. Queries can be mailed to publicity@filmsdivision.org.

(Anil Kumar N)
Officer In –charge (Distn)


Mani Kaul, the master film maker who is credited with radically overhauling the relationship of image and form, of speech and narrative, and space and time and whose films have been hailed as the formal experiments in Indian cinema and well ahead of their times is being fondly remembered by his friends and admirers on 6th July, 2012 on his first death anniversary.

Films Division, for whom Mani Kaul has made nine documentaries including the widely hailed Siddheshwari and Dhrupad, is organizing a two-day programme – with nostalgia sessions and screening of Mani’s films – on 6th and 7th July, 2012 at its theatre in Mumbai and a day’s programme at the FD auditorium in Delhi on 6th July.

Jahnu Barua, Udayan Vajpeyi, Piyush Shah, Ustad Bahauddin Dagar, Sharmishta Mohanti, Lalitha Krishnan and Siddharth Sinha will share their “Mani experiences” with the audience in the first session starting at 11.00am at the FD theatre, Mumbai. His documentaries as well feature films, Uski Roti, Mati Manas and Duvidha will be screened on 6th and 7th July.

At the FD auditorium in Delhi, the programme will start at 3.30pm on 6th July with Mani’s friends and contemporaries; Ashok Vajpeyi, Raman Chawla, Gattoo Kaul and Rita Kaul (Mani’s sisters) and Gurpal Singh sharing their association with Mani Kaul followed by screening of his documentary films.

Shri V S Kundu, Director General, Films Division has informed that a commemorative set of 3 DVDs having nine documentary films made by Mani Kaul for Films Division and a special Mani Kaul edition of the FD magazine, Documentary Today will be released at the beginning of the programmes. All the films will be screened in 35mm, celluloid format. Entry to the screenings is free. Programme details are available on www.filmsdivision.org.

Films Division pays tribute to Mani Kaul

Time……. Space……… and the Master




6 JUL 2012 ( FRIDAY )


11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

INAUGURATION by Shri. Jahnu Barua



Shri. Udayan Vajpeyi

Ustad Bahauddin Dagar, Piyush Shah, Ms. Lalitha Krishna, Sharmistha Mohanty and Siddharth Sinha

Share their “Mani Experience” and will be presenting his films.


12:30 PM – 02:00 PM


SIDDHESHWARI (1989) 92 min.


02:00 PM – 03:00 PM

Break for lunch


03:00 PM – 03:30 PM

FORMS & DESIGN (1968) – 11 min.


03:30 PM – 04:30 PM

DURING & AFTER AIR-RAID (1970) – 11 min.

THE INDIAN WOMAN (1975)-20 min.

ARRIVAL (1979) – 20 min.


04:30 PM – 04:45 PM

Tea break


04:45 PM – 06:30 PM

USKI ROTI (1970) – 110 min.

7 JUL 2012 ( SATURDAY )


11:00 AM – 02:00 PM

THE NOMAD PUPPETEER (1974) – 20 min.

CHITRAKATHI (1978) – 19 min.

MATI MANAS (1985) – 92 min.


02:00 PM – 03:00 PM

Break for lunch


03:00 PM – 04:30 PM

DUVIDHA (1975) – 82 min.


04:30 PM – 04:45 PM

Tea break


04:45 PM – 06:30 PM

BEFORE MY EYES (1989) – 10 min.

DHRUPAD (1982) – 68 min.


( The screenings will be exclusively on 35mm format )