Category: Tollywood

Telugu cinema, also known by its another name is Tollywood. is the segment of India cinema dedicated to the production of motion pictures in the Telugu language, based in FilmNagar a neighborhood of Hyderabad.

Telugu Film History

  1. Since 1909 filmmaker Raghupathi Venkaiah Naidu father of Telugu cinema was involved in producing short films. In 1921, he produced the first Telugu silent film Bhishma Pratigna.
  2.  East India Film Company(1933) has produced its first Indian film, Savitri in Telugu the film was based on a popular stage play by  Mylavaram Bala Bharathi Samajam, directed by  Chittajallu Pullaiah is the father of “Telugu theatre“.
  3. The first film studio in South India, Durga Cinetone, was built in 1936 by Nidamarthi Surayya in Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh.
  4. The 1951 film Patala Bhairavi was the only South India film Screened at the first India International Film Festival, held in Mumbai on 24 January 1952.
  5.  CNN-IBN(Indian English-language news television channel)  listed Patala Bhairavi(1951),Malli swari(1951),Devadasu(1953),Mayabazar(1957),Nartanasala(1963),Maro Charitra(1978),Sankarabharanam(1979),Sagara Sangamam(1983),siva(1989), among The 100 Greatest Indian Films of All Time.
  6. The Telugu industry holds the Guinness World Record for the largest film production facility in the world, Ramoji Film City.
  7. The Prasads IMAX in Hyderabad is one of the largest 3D IMAX screens, and the most attended cinema screen in the world.
  8. The CBFC report of 2014, the industry is placed first in India, in terms of films produced yearly.
  9. The Telugu industry holds a Memorandum of understanding with the Motion Picture Association of America to Combat video piracy.
  10. The Baahubali (franchise) produced by Tollywood studio Arka Media Works is the highest grossing Indian multilingual film of all time globally with a cumulative box office earnings of approximately ₹2,000 crore(US$280 million).
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