Did you know Raja Harishchandra, India’s first ever film, was pieced together and restored by P K Nair, the founder of National Film Archives of India in Pune? Advertising professional and filmmaker Shivendra Singh Dungarpur’s film Celluloid Man tells several such stories about Nair, the father of the NFAI who travelled across the country to bring regional language films into the Archives. Be it Bengali, Kannada or Telugu, the first ever films were collected by Nair. Even after retirement, he continued to stay just outside the NFAI only to keep his con- nect with his creation. “They banned him from entering because they saw him, the founder, as a threat,” says Dungarpur. The film, which has travelled to 24 festivals world over, has interesting anecdotes such as Nair digging up Dadasaheb Phalke’s diary to get the order of the shots to piece the six reels of Raja Harishchandra together. “If we know Phalke, it’s all thanks to P K Nair. We’d never have seen India’s first film had it not been for his efforts,” he adds.