Tulu cinema

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Tulu Cinema
No. of screens50 Single-screens in Karnataka
Produced feature films (2017)[1]

Tulu cinema or Coastalwood is a part of Indian cinema. The Tulu film industry produces 5 to 7 films annually.[2] The first Tulu film was Enna Thangadi released in 1971. Usually, earlier, these films were released in theatres across the Tulu Nadu region.[3] But currently the Tulu film industry has grown to such an extent that films are being released simultaneously in Mangalore, Udupi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Gulf countries. The critically acclaimed Tulu film Suddha won the award for the best Indian Film at the Osian's Cinefan Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema held in New Delhi in 2006.[4][5][6] In 2011, the Tulu film Industry got a second lease of life with the release of the film Oriyardori Asal. The film turned out to be the biggest hit in Tulu film history to date.[7] Chaali Polilu is the longest running film in Tulu film industry. This movie is the highest grossing film in the Tulu film industry. It has successfully completed 470 days at PVR Cinemas in Mangalore.[8]

On 27 February 2016, Times Of India carried a special report regarding the Tulu cinema industry where it was observed that in its 45 year-old history, of the Tulu industry, only 45 movies were released for the first 40 years from 1971 to 2011 whereas in the 5 years since then, 21 films have been made. It also identified Oriyardori Asal (with 1,000-plus houseful shows and a 175-day run in the Tulu-dominated regions of south Karnataka) as the turning point of the industry. It also reported that 8 films were made in 2014 and 11 films were made in 2015 and identified Kudla Cafe as the 66th film of Tulu industry. It also reported that another movie that broke records was Chaali Polilu, a 2014 social comedy film by Virendra Shetty Kavoor which had a run of 470 shows at a popular multiplex in Mangaluru, playing to full houses on the weekends and 50% occupancy on weekdays. It also reported that generally made at a modest budget of Rs 40 lakh Rs 60 lakhs, Tulu films stood out with their touch of reality.

For a language native to about 2 million people, the main audience for Tulu films is limited to two districts - Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Kasargod taluk. They also see a limited release in Mumbai, Bengaluru and Dubai.[9]

2014 movie Madime was reported to be remade in Marathi, thereby becoming the first Tulu movie to be remade in another language.[10] Shutterdulai is the first remake in Tulu cinema.[11] Eregla Panodchi is the second remake in Tulu cinemas.A suit for damages of Rs. 25 lakhs was filed against the makers of the Telugu film Brahmotsavam for copying the first 36 seconds of the song A...lele...yereg madme by Dr. Vamana Nandaavara found in the Deepanalike CD composed for the Siri channel. The song was used in the movie in a sequence involving the lead actor who, while accompanying his family on a tour, dances to the tune of the hit Tulu song.[12][13] Prajavani reported that with its dubbing rights sold to Hindi for 21 lakhs, the 2018 movie Umil became the first Tulu movie to achieve the feat.[14]

Ashwini Kotiyan (Chaya Harsha) became the first female director in the Tulu industry after directing and releasing her first movie Namma Kudla.[15] Brahmashree Narayana Guruswamy released on 2 May 2014 was the 50th Tulu film.[16] Panoda Bodcha marked the 75th release anniversary of a Tulu film.[17] The 100th Tulu movie Karne was released on 16 November 2018.[18]

Major achievements[edit]

Year Movie Producer Director Notes
1971 Enna Thangadi The first Tulu film released in Tulu Cinema
1971 Dareda Budedi K.N.Taylor The second Tulu film released in Tulu Cinema
1972 Bisatti Babu The first film to receive the State government award as the best Tulu film
1973 Koti Chennaya Vishu Kumar The first history-based Tulu cinema
1978 Kariyani Kattandi Kandani Aroor Bhimarao. The first Tulu colour film
1993 Bangar Patler Richard Castelino This movie received the highest national and international awards in Tulu Cinema
September 8 Richard Castelino This Movie was shot in 24 hours entirely in Mangalore, a record in the world cinema.
Sudda won the award for the best Indian film at the eighth Asian Film Festival "Ocean - Cinefan"[19]
2014 Nirel Shodhan Prasad

San Poojary

Ranjith Bajpe This Movie is the first Tulu movie totally produced overseas(Dubai).
2014 Chaali Polilu Prakash Pandeshwar Virendra Shetty Kavoor This Movie is highest grossing film in Tulu film industry.It has successfully completed 511 days at PVR Cinemas in Mangalore. First movie released in Israel.
2014 Madime Vijaykumar Kodialbail Reported to be remade in Marathi, thereby becoming the first Tulu movie to be remade in another language[20]
2015 Dhand Shodhan Prasad Ranjith Bajpe This is the first movie to be released in Australia[21] and United Kingdom.[22] Israel[23]
2015 Chandi Kori Sharmila Kapikad and Sachin Sunder Devadas Kapikad Film successfully completes 100 days in Mangalore and Udupi.
2019 Girgit Shoolin Films & Manjunath Attavar Roopesh Shetty Highest grossing tulu film till date.

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List of Tulu Movies[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. List of Tulu films of 2017
  2. "The rise and rise of Tulu cinema", The Hindu, 29 August 2016, retrieved 30 August 2016
  3. Ee Prapancha: Tulu Cinema at 35
  4. "Quiet voices from afar | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis". dna. 11 November 2006. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  5. "Things fall apart". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 29 April 2006. Archived from the original on 14 March 2007.
  6. "Filmmaker extraordinary". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 21 July 2006. Archived from the original on 14 March 2007.
  7. "Good acting, secret of success behind Oriyardori Asal". The Hindu. Retrieved 16 September 2011.
  8. "Oriyardori Asal headed for 175-day run in theatres!". Dakshintimes.com. Archived from the original on 8 November 2011. Retrieved 7 November 2011.
  9. "The Times Group". epaperbeta.timesofindia.com. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  10. "Details". www.vijaykarnatakaepaper.com. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  11. "Shutterdulai, First Remake in Tulu". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  12. "Telugu blockbuster Brahomotsavam film team in a fix for copying Tulu song". News karnataka.
  13. "Udayavani ePaper Sudina (Mangalore) Edition". Epaper.udayavani.com. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  14. http://epaper.prajavani.net/
  15. https://www.udayavani.com/english/news/karavali/294591/17-tulu-movies-ready-coastalwood
  16. Kamila, Raviprasad (13 November 2018). "Tulu cinema reaches a milestone". The Hindu. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  17. https://www.udayavani.com/english/news/karavali/294591/17-tulu-movies-ready-coastalwood
  18. https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/variety/100th-tulu-language-film-brings-industrys-opportunities-challenges-to-the-fore/article25531982.ece
  19. "It's been a roller-coaster for 40 years". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 20 May 2011. Archived from the original on 25 January 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2011.
  20. "Details". www.vijaykarnatakaepaper.com. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  21. "'Dhand' becomes first Tulu movie to release in Australia, more shows planned in Mumbai". Dubai, UAE: Daijiworld.com. 23 August 2015. Retrieved 20 May 2011.
  22. "In a first, Tulu Movie Dhand to be released in the UK on Oct 3rd". Dubai, UAE: Newskarnataka.com. 23 August 2015. Retrieved 20 May 2011.
  23. "'Dhand' Tulu film creates history in Israel with first houseful Indian film ever". namma.tv. Retrieved 4 July 2016.

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