History of Tamil Cinema…


Tamil cinema is the Indian film industry based in ChennaiTamil Nadu, India, dedicated to the production of feature films in the Tamil language. It is based in Chennai’s Kodambakkam area, where several South Indian film production companies are headquartered. With reference to this, the industry is also colloquially referred to asKollywood, a portmanteau of Kodambakkam and Hollywood. Tamil cinema is India’s third largest film industry in terms of films produced, as per the Central Board of Film Certification report of 2011, with high revenues and worldwide distribution, having audiences mainly including people from the four southern Indian states of Tamil Nadu,KeralaAndhra Pradesh, and Karnataka, placing the industry among the largest in the world. Silent films were produced in Chennai since 1917 and the era of talkies dawned in 1931 with the film Kalidas. Image
By the end of the 1930s, the legislature of the State of Madraspassed the Entertainment Tax Act of 1939. Tamil cinema later had a profound effect on other filmmaking industries of India, establishing Chennai as a secondary hub for Telugu cinemaMalayalam cinemaKannada cinema, and Hindi cinema. In its modern era, Tamil films from Chennai have been distributed to various overseas theatres in Singapore, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Malaysia, Japan, Oceania, the Middle EastWestern Europe, andNorth America. The industry also inspired filmmaking in Tamil diaspora populations in other regions, such as in Europe and Canada.

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