The 1979 film Kummatty (The Boogeyman) directed by G Aravindan is set for restoration. The restoration will be under Martin Scorsese’s program - The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project. The restoration is in association with Film Heritage Foundation and Cineteca di Bologna. The restoration will take place at the L'Immagine Ritrovata laboratory in Bologna, Italy. The movie will premiere in late July at the Il Cinema Ritrovato festival.
Scorcese formed the TFF in 1990 with the goal of conserving and defending motion picture history. The Film Heritage Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2014 by filmmaker Shivendra Singh Dungarpur. It focuses on film conservation, preservation, and restoration. “I’m thrilled to be working with Shivendra Singh Dungarpur once again to preserve and restore director G Aravindan’s extraordinary film, Kummatty,” said TFF Founder Martin Scorsese.
Scorsese also added that the film Kummatty is one of the finest works of G Aravindan. “Aravindan was a visionary director and Kummatty is considered among his greatest works. The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project will share this film with the wider audience it deserves, making it a true cinematic discovery. Thanks to Olivia Harrison and her Material World Foundation for making this restoration possible," Scorsese added.
Govindan Aravindan was an Indian filmmaker, scriptwriter, composer, cartoonist, and painter. G Aravindan was one of the first parallel filmmakers in Malayam. In 1990, India's government awarded him the Padma Shri. He won 7 National awards and 18 State Film Awards during the course of 17 years of filmmaking.