4 May 2021

Surya Movies


If there's one thing that the internet has made certain, it is that the world is indeed in your fingertips. And the world of cinema, just a couple of clicks away. As we endure yet another week of the lockdown, let films be your saviour-and your escape. And perhaps, this time, try some movies from South India? In recent years, South Indian movies-Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and Tulu-have grasped the interest of many cinephiles, not because they are funny, but because they have endearing and compelling stories that are complex and raw and deviate from mainstream cinema tropes. Works from actors like Dulquer Salman, Parvathy Thiruvothu, Vijay Sethupathi, Dhanush, Nivin Pauly, Vijay, 10 among others, have increasingly become popular with a dedicated fan-based following. From pure entertainers to compelling character-driven narratives, South Indian films have much to offer. Here are a few picks from the Post to assist you in starting your South Indian film journey

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The Madras presidency was divided into linguistic States, known today as Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nad in South Indian cinema. Cinema was celebrated regionally and exclusively in the language of the respective State. By 1936, . away from religious and mythological themes.l One such film, Jeevitha Nouka (1951), was a musical drama which spoke at of 'social films', notably Prema Vijayam, Vandemataram and Maala Pilla, have been released in Telugu Touching on societal practice of giving dowry, Telugu films increasingly focused on contemporary living: 29 of the 96 films released between 1937 a. some Congress leaders in Tamil Nadu to use stars of Tamil cinema were limited since this media remained inaccessible to the

The politicizing of movies by the Congress virtually stopped soon after Indian Independence in 194722 vWith the introduction o politicians could implement movies as a major political organ Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) was the first - and at the Actors and writers of guerrilla theater, who were inspired by the ideologies of Periyar E. V. Ramasamy, brough= Brahminism to celluloid media. The movies not only made direct references to the independent Dravida Nadu that its leaders movie media. displayed party symbols within the movie When the DMK began using cinema for political purposes and actors like MGR and popularity as actors, Tamil cinema began to be noticed by academics, S.S. Rajendran, as a film actor, became the first elected 'M from Tamil Nadu. Meanwhile, Tamil film Chandralekha crossed all language borders.

It was the time, when M. G. Ramachandran became one of th popularity enabled him to found a political party, the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, which is regularly part of the Go won Bharat Ratna. The time was hailed as "the period of giants" in Malayalam film industry, due to the work of film stars Sathyan and Prem Nazir. Na India with the film Iruttinte Athmavu (1967). Playing a demented ydith - Velavadhan, Nazir discovered his prowess as a dramatic evaluated this role as his masterpiece, and as one of the finest onscreen performances ever. He holds the recòrd for having acted Another record is for the most enduring screen team along with

the Electric Theatre was established for the screening of silent films. It was a fav British community in Madras. The theatre was shut down after a few years. This building is now part of a p- Anna Salai (Mount Road). The Lyric Theatre was also built in the Mount Road area. This venue boasted including plays in English, Western classical music concerts, and ballroom dances. Silent films were also s additional attraction.

 Swamikannu Vincent, an employee of the South Indian Railways in Coimbatore, purch and silent films from the Frenchman Du Pont and set up a business as film exhibitor. He erected tents for tent cinema became popular and he travelled throughout the state with his mobile unit. In later years, he also built a cinema in Coimbatore To celebrate the event of King George V's visit in 1909, a grand exhibition was organised in Madras. Its maj screening of short films accompanied by sound A British company imported a Crone megaphone, made up which a gramophone with a disc containing prerecorded sound was linked, and both were run in unison, prc sound simultaneously. However, there was no synched dialogue. Raghupathy Venkaiah Naidu, a successfu over the equipment after the exhibition and set up a tent cinema near the Madras High Court.


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R Venkaiah 1912 built a permanent cinema in the Mount Road area named Gaiety Theatre. It was the first in Madras to commercial developments. Swamikannu Vincent, who had built the first cinema of South India in Coimbatore, introduced the concept of land close to a town or village to screen the films. The first of its kind was established in Madras, called "Edis oloo



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