As the curtain goes up on another edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK), the capital city becomes the cinema capital of Kerala. It is an apt time to remember the stalwarts of Malayalam cinema who made Thiruvananthapuram the capital of cinema as well. It was here in the city built on seven hills that Malayalam cinema acquired an identity of its own.
Five decades ago, Malayalam cinema took its first steps on to the silver screen in studios in Chennai. In those days, the only time Malayalam cinema got the space for shooting in the studios was in the wee hours of the day or after sunset, after major Tamil and Telugu producers had called it a day. The shooting was mostly on sets erected for Tamil and Telugu films.
In those days, a full-fledged studio complex for Malayalam cinema was a dream nursed by filmmakers and technicians. Two filmmakers made that dream a reality – M. Kunchacko and P. Subramoniam. While Kunchacko established Udaya Studio in Alappuzha, Subramoniam set up Merryland Studio at Nemom, on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram.
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