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General Pictures Corporation

First professional film studio in Madras; Est: 1929 at Tondiarpet by film-maker A. Narayanan after visiting Universal City in Hollywood. It was linked to a distributionexhibition network extending into Burma and Singapore. Prominent film-makers included R.S. Prakash, C. Pullaiah (as cameraman) and Y.V. Rao (initially as actor). General Pics consolidated the pioneering work of R. Venkaiah and Prakash with Star of the East Film and made 18 features and a number of shorts commissioned by e.g. the Health Department and by Imperial Chemical Industries (Burma Oil Company Fire, The Spirit of Agriculture, etc.). It closed in 1933, being replaced by the Srinivasa Cinetone sound studio in 1934.