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Indores schoolteacher collects rare cinema memorabilia

An elderly man in Indore is so bewitched by Indian cinema, that he has spent nearly six decades of his life amassing 40,000 rare photographs and 10,000 historically significant postcards related to cinema.

By Rajni Khaitan

Indore, May 11 : An elderly man in Indore is so bewitched by Indian cinema, that he has spent nearly six decades of his life amassing 40,000 rare photographs and 10,000 historically significant postcards related to cinema.

Though Brij Bhushan Chaturvedi, 70, lived his entire life as a schoolteacher, he always found himself linked to Indian cinema. His love is reflected in the vast collection of film memorabilia, some of which are rare.

"The main problem to maintain this valuable collection arises in its collection and preservation. I have travelled to many places in search of these postcards, literature and photographs. Once I went to Mumbai and met many film producers, directors, actors and even lyricists and music composers for compiling this collection," said Brij Bhushan Chaturvedi.

What began as a hobby at the age of 10 now provides fodder to this septuagenarian for writing various articles in newspapers and magazines.

Besides a huge collection of photographs and postcards, Chaturvedi also has a large number of books on cinema, all painstakingly collected in the last 58 years.

His love for films is not limited to Bollywood, as he has visited many national and international film festivals to gather literature on regional and acclaimed international cinema.

Chaturvedi's deep interest in Indian cinema has made him an expert commentator, and he is now writing a book on the History of Indian Cinema.

"I use this material to write articles for newspapers and magazines. I also publish a film directory and writing a book. I want to spread general awareness regarding the rich past of Indian cinema. I have a rare historical collection which is invaluable," said Chaturvedi.

As Indian cinema enters its 111th year, Chaturvedi plans to exhibit his collection. He also wants to donate his entire collection to a museum, which would take care of this rare treasure.

ANI

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