K P. Nair is the pioneer in the preservation of films in India. He ran the National Film Archive of India (NFAI) in Pune practically single-handedly since its inception in 1964 until his retirement in 1991. The NFAI contributed immensely towards exposing would be film-makers enrolled at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) next door to the riches of world cinema and, indeed, whole new cultures that would have been beyond their ken. Over the years famous and not so famo