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  • Modern Theatres

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     1'''Modern Theatres''' 
     4Angel Films, started in 1934 by T.R. Sundaram 
     5in partnership with S.S. Velayudham Pillai, 
     6became the Modern Theatres Studio in 1937, 
     7soon one of South India’s most influential and 
     8busiest studios before the WW2 period, at its 
     9peak making films in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, 
     10Hindi, Sinhalese and Malayalam. Located in 
     11Salem, over 300km from Madras, it related to 
     12the vast Southern hinterland largely ignored by 
     13Madras and Bombay. It created a Malayalam 
     14film industry, producing its first sound film, 
     15Nottani’s Balan (1938) and Sundaram’s 
     16Kandam Becha Coat (1961), the first 
     17Malayalam colour film. The studio did the same 
     18for Telugu productions in the 40s, introducing 
     19megastars Anjali Devi and S.V. Ranga Rao (in 
     20B.V. Ramanandam’s Varudhini, 1946). Filmmakers 
     21working in Tamil, the studio’s native 
     22language, include Ellis R. Duncan, C.V. 
     23Raman, K. Ramnoth, T.R. Raghunath etc., 
     24while among the Tamil stars introduced there 
     25was M.R. Radha (in Santhanathevam, 1939). 
     26Also sponsored the early DMK Films mainly 
     27because of their financial success. The poet 
     28and scenarist Bharatidasan was employed 
     29here, and the studio later produced the 
     30Karunanidhi-scripted Manthiri Kumari 
     31(1950). Nevertheless, the studio claimed 
     32ideological neutrality, unlike the major Madras 
     33studios led by e.g. K. Subramanyam and later 
     34S.S. Vasan. Its commitment to pure 
     35entertainment allowed for tighter budgets and 
     36the Modern formula was later replicated by 
     37several studios in Salem itself as well as in 
     38nearby Coimbatore, making these regions into 
     39Southern production centres rivalling Madras.