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New beginning for New Theatres?

Press Trust of India

Posted: Feb 11, 2007 at 1323 hrs IST

New Theatres, India's oldest film production company that has survived a series of setbacks in the face of stiff competition from high-tech film production houses, is endeavouring to return to its heyday.

Before it fell into bad days after the death of its founder the legendary B N Sircar and prolonged litigations, New Theatres, which celebrated its 75th anniversary in a subdued manner yesterday, was a household name, its manager Pinaki Chakravarty said.

Its vibrant studio in Tollygunge is now in a dilapidated state and its equipment outdated. The black and white processing laboratories remain unused and post-production facilities are not available.

Film-makers here finding that it lacked facilities for linear editing, dubbing and mixing, have turned to studios in Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Mumbai and Hyderabad.

Faced with the situation, the studio authorities are contemplating use of k2 digital camera to do away with the celluloid processing laboratories and introduce on-line digital editing, dubbing and recording to restore the lost glory of the New Theatres.

"We eagerly await the days when our famous Elephant logo will once again start trumpeting on screen, Chakravarty, who has authored a comprehensive book on the New Theatres, said.

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