Shivendra Singh Dungarpur

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Born (1969-08-25) August 25, 1969 (age 54)
Patna, Bihar, India
  • Scriptwriting
  • Film direction
Alma mater
  • The Doon School
  • St. Stephen's College, Delhi
  • Film and Television Institute of India
  • Filmmaker
  • Conservator-restorer
  • Archivist
Years active1993–present
Notable work
  • Celluloid Man
  • The Immortals
Spouse(s)Teesha Cherian (screenwriter)
  • National Film Award for Best Biographical Film (2012)
  • National Film Award for Best Historical Reconstruction/Compilation Film (2012)

Shivendra Singh Dungarpur (born 25 August, 1969) is an Indian filmmaker, conservator-restorer, archivist, and the founder of Film Heritage Foundation.[1][2] In 2012, he won two National Film Awards for his documentary Celluloid Man, based on the life of noted film scholar, preservationist and the founder of National Film Archive of India, P.K. Nair.[3][4]

Early life

Dungarpur was born in Patna and attended The Doon School in Dehradun.[5] He went to St. Stephen's College, Delhi to study history and later enrolled for the course in scriptwriting and film direction at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune.[6]


Dungarpur worked in advertising before directing his first documentary in 2012, called Celluloid Man, which won the National Film Award for Best Biographical Film and National Film Award for Best Historical Reconstruction/Compilation Film. In 2014, Dungarpur founded the Film Heritage Foundation to preserve and restore historic and classic Indian films that were in danger of being lost forever.[7][8] In 2010, Dungarpur was approached by Martin Scorsese's organization World Cinema Project, which was interested in restoring the 1947 Hindi classic Kalpana.[9][2] In the end, the project was successful in restoring the only surviving print of the film, and the film was screened at Cannes Classics 2012.[10][11] The foundation's currently has about 500 films, including Satyajit Ray's Pather Panchali, Raj Kapoor's Shree 420, Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon and Sergei Eisenstein's Battleship Potempkin.[12]

Dungarpur's second documentary The Immortals was commissioned by the Busan International Film Festival in 2015.[13] The subject is the history of Indian cinema, spanning almost hundred years, and is covered through depiction of significant historical objects and voice-over narration.[14] In 2018, Dungarpur released the 420-minute documentary CzechMate: In Search of Jiri Menzel, based on the life of Czech film and theatre director, screenwriter, and actor, Jiří Menzel.[15] The seven-hour-long film was shot over six years and features extensive interviews with Woody Allen, Ken Loach, and Emir Kasturica.[16][12] In 2018, Dungarpur was invited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to speak about his efforts in preserving India's cinematic heritage, which was followed by a screening of his documentary Celluloid Man .[3]


  • 2012 - Celluloid Man - National Film Award for Best Biographical Film[17]
  • 2012 - Celluloid Man - National Film Award for Best Historical Reconstruction/Compilation Film


Year Film Notes
2012 Celluloid Man Documentary
2015 The Immortals Documentary
2018 CzechMate: In Search of Jirí Menzel Documentary

In the media



  1. Layak, Suman (October 22, 2017). "A man's crusade to save India's cinematic heritage from decay" – via The Economic Times.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Bhatia, Uday (March 23, 2018). "Shivendra Singh Dungarpur: Building a safe house for cinema". Livemint.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Singh, Deepali (July 13, 2018). "Archivist-filmmaker Shivendra Singh Dungarpur invited by the Academy for a speech in LA". DNA India.
  4. Dundoo, Sangeetha Devi (March 29, 2013). "Passion for cinema" – via
  5. "Kamal Haasan is the only filmmaker who's passionate about film heritage: Shivendra Singh Dungarpur - Times of India". The Times of India.
  6. K, Janani (June 24, 2017). "An ode to celluloid". Deccan Chronicle.
  7. "Meet Shivendra Singh Dungarpur: the man behind the preservation of India's film heritage". Firstpost.
  8. Desai, Shail. "Where old movies go after 'The End'". @businessline.
  9. Jhunjhunwala, Udita (February 21, 2015). "Shivendra Singh Dungarpur: Cold storage". Livemint.
  10. Sinha, Sayoni (June 9, 2019). "Preserving for posterity". Deccan Chronicle.
  11. "Shivendra Singh Dungarpur, Bollywood's restoration man". The National.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Joshi, Namrata (January 16, 2016). "Remembrance of films past" – via
  13. Ramnath, Nandini. "New documentary weaves together a history of Indian cinema through objects and fragmented memories".
  14. Kumar, Anuj (September 17, 2015). "The past master!" – via
  15. Nathan, Archana. "The seven-hour long documentary on the Czech New Wave that was eight years in the making".
  16. Ramnath, Nandini. "An Indian director's labour of love about the Czech New Wave is out – all you need is seven hours".

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