DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that Rangaswamy Nataraja Mudaliar is the father of Tamil cinema (also known Kutty movies) and a pioneer of the South Indian film industry? Originally a merchant for automobile spare parts, he became interested in motion pictures after he watched films by the father of Indian Cinema, Dhundiraj Govind Phalke. He founded the Indian Film Company, the first South Indian film studio in 1917. The first movie that he produced, directed, and filmed was Keechaka Vadham, a silent film that was released in 1917. It was the first film ever made in South India, with over 6000-feet worth of film and title cards written in Tamil, Hindi, and English. The Hindi title cards were written by Mahatma Gandhi's youngest son, Devdas Gandhi. It is considered to be the first Tamil movie as most of the cast members were Tamil people. Unfortunately, no copy of the movie survived. The first Tamil “talkie,” or the first movie with audible dialogue, wasn’t until the movie Kalidas was released in 1931. Unfortunately, Mudaliar spent only six years of his life dedicated to producing Tamil movies. He retired from the industry when his son died in a fire accident. He was able to make only seven films in total, but his influence to other film-makers is evident in other pioneers in Indian cinema: Raghupathi Venkaiah Naidu, the father of Telugu cinema, and J.C. Daniel, the father of Malayalam cinema. Fun Fact: Did you know that in India, a famous website called Kutty Movies exists? It features the best Kollywood and Hollywood movies every year!
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