IN TAMIL CINEMA
- The first full-fledged Cinema Theatre in Chennai - Gaiety,
1917 - R. Nataraja Mudaliar makes Keechaka
Vadam - the first silent feature film to be made in Tamil
1932 - The first Talkie in Tamil - Galavarishi, is
made in Bombay.
- The M K Thyagaraja Bhagavathar starrer Pavalakkodi
kickstarts the trend of actor-singers belting out devotional
and mythological songs by the dozens in each film.
1936 - Sathi Leelavathi features a small role for a young
man named M G Ramachandran. He eventually becomes the first
true mega-star on both the tinsel and the political platform in
1936 - Miss Kamala, the first Tamil talkie
to be directed by a woman, T.P.Rajalakshmi is released.
- Another actor-singer arrives on the scene, with Dhayalan
featuring P U Chinnappa in the lead.
1944 - M K Thyagaraja Bhagavathar continues to bring in
the crowds to Theatres for what was to become the phenomenal 110-week
run of Haridas.
1946 - A V Meiyappan establishes his film studio at Karaikudi.
This studio moved to its present location at Vadapalani in 1948.
1949 - C.N. Annadurai writes the script of Velaikkari,
which stands as a brilliant pathbreaker in Tamil dialogue
- M Karunanidhi's power-packed lines in the script for
Paraasakthi are delivered by a young stage actor
who bore the title of 'Sivaji' (given him by Periyar
E V Ramasamy Naickar after watching his stage performance as
Chatrapati Shivaji). Sivaji Ganesan goes on to become the
greatest actor the country has produced.
1959 - C V Sridhar makes his directorial debut with Kalyana
1960 - AVM's Kalathur Kannamma features a child artiste
- Kamal Hassan, who has in the decades since, emerged as
one of the most respected actors in the country.
- The Institute of Film Technology is started at Taramani,Chennai
1964 - Server Sundaram, with story and screenplay
adapted from the play by K Balachander, features comedian
Nagesh in what was to become one of his most memorable roles.