The second largest film industry in India is located in Teluga and often referred to as Tolllywood. Tollywood and its main competitor, Bollywood, are both nicknamed in reference to the American film giant Hollywood. The Teluga film industry has been around for quit some time. It's already over a century old and does not show any signs of slowing down anytime soon.
A Look At Its Past.
Most people agree that the rise of the Teluga world of cinema began in the early 1900's; 1912 to be exact. Silent films were all they could manage at the time, but it was a beautiful start to what would become one of the largest film industries in the world.
Dialogue was not introduced until the release of Bhakta Prahlada, which was produced by a HM Reddy, a producer who already had experience directing Indian "talkie" films (a talkie is a film with dialogue). Bhakta Prahlada was finished in 1931 and released in early 1932. Talkies quickly began taking over the film industry shortly thereafter.
Lavakusa was the first huge success to come entirely from Teluga. At least in terms of commercial revenue. It was directed by C. Pullaiah and then released in 1934. It is Lavakusa that took the Teluga cinema industry to a new level and made it into something that still thrives to this day.
Thanks to Lavakusa, not only was Teluga becoming a household name, but more film producers were beginning to move away from purely religious themes in their m ovies. There was a new curiosity in the film industry and the focus began shifting to political and social situations.
The industry would see a lot of ups and downs over the following decades, especially in times of War. Other countries, including America, began learning of Tollywood films through the 40's and 50's. By the time the 80's arrived Tolllywood was a film huge with few real competitors in the world.
Those competitors have caused them to strive for more, always wanting to stand out and impress viewers. Doing so has earned them a few world records and notable achievements. For example, Ramoji Film City is the largest film studio in the world. It started in 1996 and is over 1,600 acres. One of their studios even has a replica of the Mughal Gargens.
Keeping Up With The Future.
Tollywood is a very active film industry. There's a lot going on and if you love films, then they are definitely one of the industries you want to watch. Some argument they have more going on than their larger competitors because they are always trying to get ahead, which is great for viewers. The real question is how to keep up with it all.
Luckily, the internet has made it easier for film buffs everywhere. The rising popularity of social media sites and sharing also makes gathering information faster keeping up with the latest in Tolllywood news, such as what the actors are doing or what movies are coming out next is easier than it's ever been.