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The Tulu film industry is a part of Indian cinema. The Tulu film industry is also called Coastalwood.[citation needed] It produces 5 to 7 films annually.[citation needed] The first Tulu film was Enna Thangadi released in 1971. Usually, earlier, these films were released in theatres across the Tulu Nadu region.[1] But currently[when?] the Tulu film industry has grown to the level where films are being released simultaneously in Mangalore, Udupi and 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.[2][3][4] In 2011, the Tulu film Industry got second life with the release of the film Oriyardori Asal. The film turned out to be the biggest hit in Tulu film history to date.[when?] 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 400 days at PVR Cinemas in Mangalore.[5]

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"[6]
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 400 days at PVR Cinemas in Mangalore.
2015 Dhand Shodhan Prasad Ranjith Bajpe This is the first movie to be released in Australia [7] and United Kingdom.[8]

List of Tulu Movies[edit]

State Awards[edit]

Read Also[edit]


  1. ^ Ee Prapancha: Tulu Cinema at 35
  2. ^ http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?NewsID=1063429/
  3. ^ "Things fall apart". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 2006-04-29. 
  4. ^ "Filmmaker extraordinary". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 2006-07-21. 
  5. ^ "Oriyardori Asal headed for 175-day run in theatres!". Dakshintimes.com. Retrieved November 7, 2011. 
  6. ^ "It's been a roller-coaster for 40 years". Chennai, India: The Hindu. May 20, 2011. Retrieved May 20, 2011. 
  7. ^ "'Dhand' becomes first Tulu movie to release in Australia, more shows planned in Mumbai". Dubai, UAE: Daijiworld.com. Aug 23, 2015. Retrieved May 20, 2011. 
  8. ^ "In a first, Tulu Movie ‘‘Dhand’’ to be released in the UK on Oct 3rd". Dubai, UAE: Newskarnataka.com. Aug 23, 2015. Retrieved May 20, 2011. 

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The Hindu
Wed, 03 Feb 2016 16:10:05 -0800

Tulu cinema 'Pavithra' will be released in the theatres in the coast making it the 65th Tulu cinema to be released in the series, on Friday. Addressing presspersons here on Wednesday, its producer Anantharama Rao Yermal said that the film will be ...
The Hindu
Thu, 28 Jan 2016 16:11:45 -0800

Another Tulu cinema “Kudla Café” will hit theatres in the coast on February 12. Directed by Soorya Menon, it has been produced by him and Ranjan Shetty under the banner of Yodha Motion Pictures. The cinema, which has three songs, has captured kabaddi ...


Mon, 18 Jan 2016 20:22:09 -0800

Starring renowned actors of the Tulu industry Devdas Kapikad, Navin D Padil and Bhojaraj Vamanjoor and many other talented artistes, 'Chaali Polilu' has created history in Tulu cinema with its rib-tickling comedy, humorous dialogues and family-oriented ...

Deccan Herald

Deccan Herald
Sat, 14 Mar 2015 11:45:00 -0700

Regional films. Trapped in time A scene from one of the all-time Tulu hits 'Bayya. At a time when many film producers and actors are struggling to survive and even the best films fail to cross the 50-day mark, a Tulu film has managed to complete 100 ...


Sat, 11 Apr 2015 02:56:15 -0700

The arrival of two films within a two-month gap is a flood compared to the steady trickle that constitutes Tulu cinema. Since the first Tulu film Enna Thangadi (My Sister) was completed in 1971, only 54 films have been released. The number of ...

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India West
Wed, 18 Mar 2015 14:21:43 -0700

The first superstar of Tulu cinema, Tailor had acted in nine films and directed and produced as many, which gave him the honor of being known as the “Bheeshma” of the Tulu film industry. Tulu is a language spoken in the southwest part of Karnataka and ...
The Hindu
Wed, 10 Dec 2014 04:22:30 -0800

Another Tulu cinema titled 'right bokka left' (right and left) is in the offing. Produced by Mangaladevi Creations and directed by Yatish Kumar Alva, the shooting of this film will begin at the three-day Vishwa Tuluvere Parba (global Tulu festival ...


Wed, 18 Mar 2015 04:29:05 -0700

Known as the first superstar of Tulu cinema, Tailor had acted, produced and directed around 10 Tulu movies and wrote scripts for about 20 dramas. Kaasdaye Kandane, Daareda Budedi, Pagetha Pugge, Bisathi Babu, Yaan Sanyasi Aape, Tulunada Siri, ...

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