Tollywood, or Telugu cinema, is a branch of Indian cinema located in Hyderabad, India. Raghupathi Venkaiah Naidu has been involved in many facets of Indian movie history from 1909, including producing short films and travelling to other parts of Asia to promote film activity. He made the first silent film, Bhishma Pratigna, in 1921. He has been referred to as the “Father of Telugu Cinema.”
Patala Bhairavi, a 1951 film, was the first South Indian film to be shown at the first India International Film Festival, which took place in Mumbai on January 24, 1952. Patala Bhairavi (1951), Malliswari (1951), Devadasu (1953), Mayabazar (1957), Nartanasala (1963), Maro Charithra (1978), Maa Bhoomi (1979), Sankarabharanam (1979), Sagara Sangamam (1983), and Siva were among the top 100 Indian films voted on by CNN-IBN (1989).
In the years 2005, 2006, and 2008, the Telugu language film industry produced the most films in India, surpassing Bollywood in terms of production. The film industry holds the Guinness World Record for having the world’s largest film production facility. The Prasads IMAX in Hyderabad is one of the world’s largest 3D IMAX screens and the most popular movie theatre.
According to a 2012 CBFC report, the industry ranks second in India in terms of annual film production. To combat video piracy, the industry has a memorandum of understanding with the Motion Picture Association of America. Dookudu (2011), Eega (2012), and Attarintiki Daredi (2013) are recent films that have made more than INR 100 crore at the box office.