Mumbai, 22 May, 2024- After the resounding success of the world premiere of Film Heritage Foundation’s restoration of Shyam Benegal’s “Manthan” at the Cannes Film Festival 2024, Film Heritage Foundation and the Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd. join hands with PVR-INOX Ltd. and Cinépolis India to release the restored classic in 50 cities and 100 cinemas across India on June 1 & 2, 2024.

“Manthan”, a fictionalized version of the beginnings of the extraordinary dairy cooperative movement that transformed India from a milk-deficient nation to the world’s largest milk producer inspired by Dr. Verghese Kurien, the Father of the White Revolution, is also India’s first crowdfunded film produced by 500,000 dairy farmers who contributed Rs. 2/- each towards the production of the film.

The film featured a stellar cast including Girish Karnad, Naseeruddin Shah, Smita Patil, Dr. Mohan Agashe, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Anant Nag and Abha Dhulia. “Manthan” was shot by renowned cinematographer and director Govind Nihalani and the music was composed by eminent music composer Vanraj Bhatia.


“When Film Heritage Foundation takes up the restoration of a film it is with the ultimate aim of bringing it back to the public for which it was made. Funded by 500,000 farmers, “Manthan” is a film made by the people for the people and we knew that it was imperative that the restored film be shown back on the big screen to reach the widest audience possible. I am so pleased that audiences across the country in cities ranging from the big metros like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai to smaller cities like Dharwad, Kakinada, Nadiad, Bhatinda, Panipat and Kozhikode will have the opportunity to watch the beautifully restored film.”


“I was so pleased to hear about the fantastic response that the restoration of “Manthan” received at its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. But I am even more delighted that the restored film will be released in cinemas across the country. “Manthan” will be the first restoration of one of my films that will have a theatrical release. When “Manthan” released in 1976, it was a great success as the farmers themselves came to see the film in droves, travelling in bullock carts from small towns and villages. I hope that 48 years later when the restored film comes back to the big screen this June, people across India will come to the cinema to watch the film.”


“Watching the restored “Manthan” at its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival was a very emotional experience for me. I was overwhelmed by memories from almost fifty years ago when cinema was a vehicle of change and moved to tears by the standing ovation at the end, which was not just for myself but for the film which has more than stood the test of time and also for the beauty of the restoration. I am delighted that the film is to be released in cinemas across India and I hope that people will not lose the opportunity to watch a beautiful restoration of a historic film on the big screen. I will be going to the theatre myself to watch the film again.”


Having been involved in the restoration of “Manthan” and seen the painstaking effort that Film Heritage Foundation has put in over many months to ensure that the restoration is as true to the original work as possible, I cannot wait to watch the film back on the big screen, the way it should be watched and to see the work that Shyam and I envisioned nearly fifty years ago come back to life again.


Film Heritage Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Mumbai set up in 2014. It is dedicated to supporting the conservation, preservation, and restoration of the moving image and to developing interdisciplinary programmes to create awareness about the language of cinema.

A member of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) since 2015, Film Heritage Foundation is the only non-governmental organization in the country working in the field of film preservation.

We preserve a growing collection of about 700 films currently on celluloid and have an archive of about 200,000 objects of film-related memorabilia including cameras, projectors, posters, song booklets, lobby cards, books, magazines, etc. The foundation’s programmes span the entire gamut of film preservation activities from preservation of films and film-related memorabilia, film restoration, training programmes, children’s workshops, oral history projects, exhibition and festival curation and publication.

We have built an international reputation for excellence. Film Heritage Foundation has been restoring forgotten gems of Indian cinema including Aravindan Govindan’s “Kummatty” and “Thamp̄” and Aribam Syam Sharma’s “Ishanou”. The restored films have been screened at festivals, museums and universities around the world. Our most recent restorations “Thamp̄”, “Ishanou”  and “Manthan” were selected for red-carpet world premieres at the Cannes Film Festival three years in a row in 2022, 2023 and 2024. We have been conducting annual film preservation workshops in association with FIAF across India since 2015 that have become the template for FIAF’s global training and outreach programme. Till 2022, these workshops were open to applicants from India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Bhutan and Myanmar while the most recent one was open to participants from across the world. These workshops have had a tremendous impact training close to 400 participants over the years, created a movement for film preservation in India and the subcontinent and built a worldwide community of film archivists.

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