Good news found in India Times:
Martin Scorsese, the director of American classics Mean Streets, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver and Good Fellas, and one of the founding members of World Cinema Foundation dedicated to the preservation and restoration of film classics, has decided to take up the cause of Uday Shankar’s dance-ballet on celluloid, Kalpana.
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There’s no full and complete print of Kalpana available in India.But now the World Film Foundation is going to take over the job of making Kalpana viewable across the world. Actor-director Satish Kaushik, who recently met Scorsese in Dubai, confirmed, “Martin Scorsese has definite plans of restoring Uday Shankar’s Kalpana. I saw The Mummy, a 1969 Egyptian film that has been restored. It was fantastic work. Scorsese said he was keenly interested in restoring Kalpana and his company, World Cinema Foundation, was on the job.”
I know that a lot of people out there will be happy to see the result. Since I posted about Uday Shankar’s Kalpana fifteen months ago, I’ve continued to receive enthusiastic comments about this film, right up to the present month.
Of course, I have wanted to see this film not only because it is a great work by the famous Uday Shankar, but also because it was the debut film for Padmini. I have also noticed that it appears to be the first film for Usha Kiran too.
I hope we’ll get to see the restored Kalpana soon!