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History of Malayalam Cinema
The first Malayalam film, a silent film, titled Vigathakumaran, was released in 1928. It was produced and directed by J. C. Daniel, a businessman with no prior film experience. The second film, Marthanda Varma, based on a novel by C. V. Raman Pillai, was produced in 1933. However, its release was limited due to legal disputes surrounding use of Pillai's material.
Balan, released in 1938, was the first "talkie" in Malayalam. It was directed by S. Nottani with the screenplay and songs by Muthukulam Raghavan Pillai. It was produced at Chennai (then Madras) in the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu. Malayalam films continued to be made mainly by Tamil producers till 1947, when the first major film studio, Udaya, was established in Kerala.
Malayalam Cinema has always taken its themes from very relevant social issues and has been interwoven with material from literature, drama, and politics its inception. One such film, Jeevithanauka, (1951) was a musical drama which spoke about the problems in a joint family. This movie very popular and is probably the first "Super Hit" of Malayalam Cinema. More....
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