P.K. Nair was the founder director of the National Film Archive of India (NFAI), Pune
Paramesh Krishnan Nair, who had dedicated his life to preservation of films and building the collection of films at the NFAI, was instrumental in archiving several landmark Indian films like Dadasaheb Phalke’s “Raja Harishchandra” and Kaliya Mardan, Bombay Talkies films suchas Jeevan Naiya, Bandhan, Kangan, Achhut Kanya and Kismet, S.S. Vasan’s Chandralekha and Uday Shankar’s Kalpana.
Mr. Nair joined the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune as a research assistant in 1961 and went on to play a key role in the setting up of the NFAI in 1964. He was appointed assistant curator in 1965, and continued with the NFAI till 1991 and, by the time he retired as NFAI director, he had acquired a whopping 12,000 films for the archive. Of these, 8,000 were Indian and the rest foreign films.
He got the First KW Joseph Life Time Achievment AWARD in 2012 and Thrissur Chalachitrakendram published a book on PK NAIR,written by Roshny Sapna “PK NAIR,Nalla Cinemayude Kaavalaal”.
His life and work has been immortalised in the documentary Celluloid Man, made by Shivendra Singh Dungarpur. PK Nair passed away on 04-03-2016, at the age of 82.
To commemorate his contributions to film industry, we decided to start a Digital Film Library in the office of Thissur Chalachitrakendram which can be utilised by connoisseurs of film industry and students of film industry with a target of 5000 films from 60 countries and we have a stock of 2000 films now.