The Indian film industry is known to produce the largest scale of movies annually. It consists of both Bollywood and South Indian cinema. South Indian movie news and Bollywood news are constantly circulating around. South Indian movies have recently received well-deserved acknowledgment globally.
This film industry comprises of five different film industries that are based regionally. All of them have a separate independent identity and have produced some great movies. These film industries have run along with the Hindi film industry from the very start and have played a great role in making Indian cinema what it is today. Here are five influential film industries that collectively make South Indian cinema.
Telugu cinema or Tollywood is one of the famous film industries in India that follows closely behind Bollywood. It is based in Hyderabad and has played an immense role in shaping the course of mainstream commercial cinema across the country. It is the second biggest industry after Bollywood and has produced some great short films along with art and masala films.
This film industry is based in Bengaluru and is known to produce 200 plus films each year. It is known as Sandalwood or Chandanavana. This film industry has given us major commercially successful and critically acclaimed movies. It is also screen in other countries such as the USA, UK, Canada, UAE, Germany, Brazil, and many more.
Originally based in Chennai, this is the largest film industry after Bollywood in movie production and distribution. This industry has established a worldwide presence due to its great movies. It is known as Kollywood which is the blend of two words Kodambakkam and Hollywood. They are best known for their silent movies that date back to 1918.
Malayalam cinema also known as Mollywood has earned the rightful reputation due to its strong character-driven stories and realistic touch. Their cinematography is on point and direction is exceptional. They are one of the growing industries that produce more than 100 movies in a year.
Tulu cinema is a small cinema that produces 4 to 5 movies annually. They are known as Coastalwood. This industry, however, has gained recognition to the extent that it is released in multiple cities and Gulf countries simultaneously. They have produced critically acclaimed movies and are known for good content and storyline.
These industries together makeup South Indian cinema and have currently delivered some major hit movies.