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...

Bhojpuri Cinema

  The history of Bhojpuri films began in 1962 with the acclaimed film ‘Ganga Maiyya Tohe Piyari Chadhaibo’ directed by Kundan Kumar. This was followed by other hit films like ‘Bidesiya’ and ‘Ganga’ (1965) but the industry took a big leap only in 2001 with the release...

Kannada Cinema

  The first Kannada talkie film ‘Bhakta Dhruva’ was made in 1934. The Kannada cinema was brought into national reckoning by the film ‘Bedara Kannappa’ (1954). The film ‘Ranadheera Kanteerava’ (1960) was the first Kannada hit, which established its star Rajkumar. The...

Regional Cinema in India

  The first feature film to be released in Bengal was J.F.Madan’s ‘Satyabadi Raja Harishchandra’ (1917), produced by the Elphinstone Bioscope Company. In Madras, Nataraja Mudaliar made ‘Keechaka Vadham’ (1919), which was the first silent feature film of South...
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