WHAT’S THE MEANING?
Tollywood is the sobriquet for the segment of Indian cinema dedicated to the production of motion pictures in the Telugu language. It may also refer to the Bengali cinema. Telugu is one of twenty-two scheduled languages used in India. Hindi, English, and Bengali, are the few languages with official primary language status in more than one Indian state.
DID YOU KNOW?
Whenever people mention Indian cinema, more often than not, they are referring to Bollywood. Little to nobody mentions about the other regional cinemas. But to be honest, the Bengali cinema has always been underrated. It is with great hope that now that it has become more accessible through Bengali movie download sites, people would appreciate them more. And this time, we are taking this time to give credits to the greatest and iconic Bengali filmmakers of the 20th century.
Did you know that the Bengali film industry paved the way for the Golden Age of Indian cinema? Yes, Bollywood films are cool but Tollywood movies went beyond the mainstream. Bengali cinema changed the entertainment landscape, movies in particular. It then introduced the 'parallel cinema' to India in the 1950s. The parallel cinema was a film movement in consonance with realism. In contrast with Bollywood, it aimed to give the audience something they needed rather than what they wanted. The prime movers included Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak, and Mrinal Sen. They pioneered experimental filmmaking, which included unusual camera movies, news-reel type montages, and episodic way of story-telling. Perhaps, one of the most daring edges of Tollywood over Bollywood is its ability to tackle political themes. Did you know that the movie entitled Neel Akasher Neechey was the first film to be banned by the government of India?