Shivendra’s love affair with cinema began while he was a student at Doon School, Dehradun. He began his career as an assistant director to his mentor, writer-lyricist and director, Gulzar after graduating with History (Hons.) from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi. It was on Gulzar’s suggestion that Shivendra studied film direction and script-writing at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune. After graduating from FTII, Shivendra launched his career as a producer-director under his own banner — Dungarpur Films. There has been no looking back since then.
But cinema remains his first love. Shivendra is deeply committed to the preservation and restoration of cinema has started a not-for-profit organization called Film Heritage Foundation dedicated to the preservation and restoration of India’s cinematic heritage. He is a Supporting Member of the Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna that is responsible for some of the best film restoration work in the world. He is also a patron of the British Film Institute (BFI) and was a donor for their restoration of Hitchcock’s silent film “The Lodger”. He has worked closely with Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Foundation (WCF) to facilitate the restoration of classic films like Uday Shankar’s “Kalpana” (1948) and Sri Lankan filmmaker Dr. Lester James Peries’ “Nidhanaya” (1972).
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