As technology progresses, it has now become very easy to restore old films. Some films are such amazing artworks that they need to be preserved and restored. True to the phrase that old is gold, some of the classic films are being restored throughout the world. Similarly India has an institute namely the Indian Film Heritage Foundation that it now restoring films and bringing them back for the audience to behold.
Although Pakistan has no such institute, however one of our treasures, Jago Hua Savera (Day shall dawn) by Faiz Ahmed Faiza himself, has been restored in UK. This is the only film which has been written by Faiz Ahmed Faiz. The film was produced by the very creative and talented people of those times in the subcontinent including the highly esteemed poet, Faiz Ahmed Faiz and AJ Kardar in 1959.
The film was based on realism and catered to the lives of Fishermen of Dhaka (East Pakistan) which is now Bangladesh.
This was the only film which Pakistan submitted for Oscars although it was not accepted. It won a gold medal in Mascow film Festival and also garnered a lot of attention in the Cannes Film Festival.
Fortunately, the film has been restored by the producer’s family and is now available on YouTube.
Epk would like to request the sitting government to please consider establishing an institute that allows the restoration of our classical films. These films represent our cultural heritage and deserve being preserved as an artwork for the generations.