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New film 'Celluloid' traces the birth of Malayalam cinema

Posted on Oct 28, 03:20PM | UNI

Eminent Malayalam film director Kamal's new venture, 'Celluloid', is a travel into the history of Malayalam cinema.

The veteran director is trying to disclose a forgotten history of Malayalam Cinema, which is also the history of J C Daniel, who is known as the father of Malayalam cinema.

During the time of silent movies, Daniel set up a studio at Pattam near Thiruvananathapuram in order to fulfill his dream project 'Vigathakumaran'.

For it he had sell out a major portion of his wealth. He bought all shooting materials from Chennai, Mumbai and Kolkata.

The shooting started by 1928 and was completed within two years.

The release of Vigathakumaran was on November 7 in 1930 at Capitol theatre in Thiruvananthapuram.

Daniel produced the first ever film in Malayalam, Vigathakumaran. Rosy, a converted Christian who was a native of Thycadu in Thiruvananthapuram, from lower class was the heroine.