Malayalam Cinema

  The first silent Malayalam film was ‘Vigathakumaran’ (1928) produced by J.C. Daniel, while the first Malayalam talkie film was S. Nottani’s ‘Balan’ (1938). Film production in Malayalam progressed at a slow pace until 1950, with only one film each being produced in...

Tamil Cinema

  The history of Tamil films began in 1897 when M. Edwards screened the first-ever movie show of South India at the Victoria Memorial Hall in Madras. The first-ever cinema house in South India, ‘Electric Theatre’, was built in 1900 by Major Warwick. The first Indian...

Telugu Cinema

  The first talkie film in Telugu was ‘Bhakta Prahlada’ (1931), which launched Surabhi Kamalabai as the first Telugu heroine. The Telugu company ‘Saraswati Talkies’ was launched in 1935 with the film ‘Draupadi Vastrapaharanam’. The Nidamarthy Brothers constructed the...

English Films of India

  The earliest motion pictures to enter India were those made in English. It was a common practice during the silent era to have the main titles of films in English and Urdu. Several indigenous films were made in the early days in English versions with an eye on the...

International Recognition for Indian Cinema

  The first Indian film to be screened at the Venice Cinematograph Exhibition was ‘Seeta’ in 1934. The Marathi film ‘Sant Tukaram’ received a special jury mention in Venice in 1937. In 1938, another Indian film ‘Duniya Na Mane’ was screened in Venice. In 1949 the...

History of Indian Cinema

History of Indian Cinema: The Lumiere Brothers, the inventors of cinematograph, were the first to import and exhibit motion pictures in India on July 7, 1896, when they unveiled six soundless short films at the Watson Hotel in Bombay. The first short films, ‘Cocoanut...
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