Gulzar and Shyam Benegal along with the Chief Postmaster General, Maharashtra and the Postmaster General, Mumbai release a postal Special Cover in recognition of Film Heritage Foundation’s extraordinary efforts in preserving, restoring and showcasing India’s film heritage at the historic GPO in Mumbai

In a great honour for Film Heritage Foundation, the Chief Postmaster General, Maharashtra Circle, and the Postmaster General of Mumbai, India Post released a Postal Special Cover and cancellation stamp in recognition of the foundation’s extraordinary and unceasing efforts to save, preserve, restore and showcase India’s rich and diverse film heritage.

The postal Special Cover and cancellation stamp was released at a ceremony on June 14, 2024 at the beautiful heritage building of the General Post Office (GPO) in V.T., Mumbai by the Chief Postmaster General of Maharashtra, the Postmaster General of Mumbai along with eminent poet, writer, lyricist and filmmaker Shri Gulzar and renowned director Shri Shyam Benegal.

The Special Cover is a foiled and embossed cover with a Rs. 5 stamp that has an illustration that depicts Film Heritage Foundation Director Shivendra Singh Dungarpur and the Film Heritage Foundation conservators rescuing celluloid films in danger of being lost forever. The limited edition of the Special Cover will be available at the Philately Bureau of the General Post Office (GPO) in Mumbai.



“From the time I was a child, I used to collect stamps, loved writing letters and visiting the post office. This was inculcated in me by my maternal grandfather who was a prolific letter-writer till he was almost 90 years old. Even today I continue to write and post letters and visit post offices in every city and town that I go to. I was honoured to receive a letter from the Chief Postmaster General about the release of a Special Cover on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Film Heritage Foundation in appreciation of our work over a decade to save our film heritage. I am overwhelmed by the acknowledgement by such a historic department of the Indian Government of the importance of our film heritage and the depiction of the challenges of preserving celluloid on the Special Cover. I accept this honour at the ceremony on behalf of my team at Film Heritage Foundation that has enabled us to put film preservation on the map in India and the subcontinent and to restore and celebrate the beauty of our film heritage around the world. I would like to thank the Chief Postmaster General, Shri Kishan Kumar Sharma and the Postmaster General of Mumbai, Shri Amitabh Singh, for bestowing this honour on Film Heritage Foundation and we are privileged that Gulzarsaheb and Mr. Benegal graced the occasion with their presence.”




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