Tulu cinema
No. of screens50 Single-screens in Karnataka
Produced feature films (2017)[1]

Tulu cinema, also known as Coastalwood,[2] is a part of Indian cinema. The Tulu film industry produces five to seven films annually.[3] The first Tulu film was Enna Thangadi released in 1971. Earlier, these films were released in theatres across the Tulu Nadu region.[4] Tulu film industry has grown to such an extent that films are being released simultaneously in Mangalore, Udupi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Middle East. 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.[5][6][7] In 2011, the Tulu film Industry got a second lease of life with the release of the film Oriyardori Asal. The film turned out to be the biggest hit in Tulu film history to date.[8] 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 470 days at PVR Cinemas in Mangalore.[9]

On 27 February 2016, Times of India carried a special report regarding the Tulu cinema industry where it was observed that in its 45-year history, of the Tulu industry, only 45 movies were released for the first 40 years from 1971 to 2011, whereas in the five years since then, 21 films have been made. It also identified Oriyardori Asal (with 1,000-plus houseful shows and a 175-day run in the Tulu-dominated regions of south Karnataka) as the turning point of the industry. It also reported that eight films were made in 2014 and eleven films were made in 2015 and identified Kudla Cafe as the 66th film from the Tulu film industry. It also reported that another movie that broke records was Chaali Polilu, a 2014 social comedy film by Virendra Shetty Kavoor, which had a run of 470 shows at a popular multiplex in Mangalore, playing to full houses on the weekends and 50% occupancy on weekdays. It also reported that with a modest budget of Rs 40 lakhs (4,000,000) to Rs 60 lakhs (6,000,000), Tulu films stood out with their touch of reality.[10][11]

For a language native to about two million people, the main audience for Tulu films is limited to two districts – Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Kasargod taluk. They also see a limited release in Mumbai, Bengaluru and Dubai.[12]

The 2014 movie Madime was reported to be remade in Marathi, thereby becoming the first Tulu movie to be remade in another language.[13] Shutterdulai is the first remake in Tulu cinema.[14] Eregla Panodchi is the second remake in Tulu cinemas. A suit for damages of Rs. 25 lakhs (2,500,000) was filed against the makers of the Telugu film Brahmotsavam for copying the first 36 seconds of the song A...lele...yereg madme by Dr. Vamana Nandaavara found on the Deepanalike CD composed for the Siri channel. The song was used in the movie in a sequence involving the lead actor who, while accompanying his family on a tour, dances to the tune of the hit Tulu song.[15][16] Prajavani reported that with its dubbing rights sold to Hindi for 21 lakhs (2,100,000), the 2018 movie Umil became the first Tulu movie to achieve the feat.[11][10]

Ashwini Kotiyan (Chaya Harsha) became the first female director in the Tulu industry after directing and releasing her first movie Namma Kudla.[17] Brahmashree Narayana Guruswamy released on 2 May 2014 was the 50th Tulu film.[3] Panoda Bodcha marked the 75th release anniversary of a Tulu film.[18] The 100th Tulu movie Karne was released on 16 November 2018.[5]

Major achievements

Year Title Producer Director Notes
1971 Enna Thangadi First Tulu film[19]
1971 Dareda Budedi K. N.Tailor Second Tulu film[19]
1972 Bisatti Babu First film to receive the state government award as the best Tulu film[20]
1973 Koti Chennaya Vishu Kumar First history-based Tulu film[20]
1978 Kariyani Kattandi Kandani Aroor Bhimarao First Tulu colour film[20]
1993 Bangar Patler Richard Castelino Received the highest national and international awards in Tulu Cinema[20]
1994 September 8 Richard Castelino Shot in 24 hours entirely in Mangalore, a record in world cinema[20][21]
2005 Sudda Ramchandra P. N Ramchandra P. N Won the award for best Indian film at the eighth Asian Film Festival "Ocean - Cinefan"[22]
2014 Nirel Shodhan Prasad

San Poojary

Ranjith Bajpe First Tulu film shot entirely overseas (Dubai)[23][24]
2014 Chaali Polilu Prakash Pandeshwar Virendra Shetty Kavoor Highest-grossing film in the Tulu film industry. It has successfully completed 511 days at PVR Cinemas in Mangalore.[25] First Tulu film released in Israel.[19]
2014 Madime Vijaykumar Kodialbail Reported to be remade in Marathi, thereby becoming the first Tulu film to be remade in another language[13]
2015 Dhand Shodhan Prasad Ranjith Bajpe First Tulu movie to be released in Australia,[26] and United Kingdom[27] [28]
2015 Chandi Kori Sharmila Kapikad and Sachin Sunder Devadas Kapikad Successfully completed 100 days in Mangalore and Udupi.[29][30]
2019 Belchappa Jayadurga Production Rajanish Devadiga Completed shooting in a record 14-day schedule [31]
Girgit Shoolin Films & Manjunath Attavar Roopesh Shetty Highest-grossing Tulu film till date[32]
Pingara Avinash Shetty and Manjunath Reddy Preetham Shetty Won the National award for the Best Tulu film[33]
2021 Gamjaal Shoolin Films & Mugrody Productions Naveen Shetty and Suman Suvarna First Tulu film to recover budget within three days[34]
Soda Sarbath[35] Lancy D’Souza, Diany D’Souza, Paul D’Souza and Prashanth Ferao Pradeep Barboza Paladka First Tulu film released in Qatar.[36]
2022 Raj Sounds and Lights[37][38] Anand N Kumpala Rahul Amin First Tulu movie to be premiered in 6 Indian cities which includes and 11 countries.
2022 Jeetige Arun Rai Thodar Santhosh Mada Won the national award for the Best Tulu film[39][40]

List of Tulu films

See also


  1. ^ List of Tulu films of 2017
  2. ^ "Girgit spins Tulu to new heights". Deccan Herald. 29 November 2019. Retrieved 23 October 2021.
  3. ^ a b "The rise and rise of Tulu cinema", The Hindu, 29 August 2016, retrieved 30 August 2016
  4. ^ Ee Prapancha: Tulu Cinema at 35
  5. ^ a b "Quiet voices from afar | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis". dna. 11 November 2006. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Things fall apart". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 29 April 2006. Archived from the original on 14 March 2007.
  7. ^ "Filmmaker extraordinary". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 21 July 2006. Archived from the original on 14 March 2007.
  8. ^ "Good acting, secret of success behind Oriyardori Asal". The Hindu. 16 September 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2011.
  9. ^ "Oriyardori Asal headed for 175-day run in theatres!". Dakshintimes.com. Archived from the original on 8 November 2011. Retrieved 7 November 2011.
  10. ^ a b "Mangaluru: Hindi dubbing rights of Tulu film 'Umil' sold before release". www.daijiworld.com. Retrieved 29 October 2021.
  11. ^ a b Udayavani. "Tulu film 'Umil' sold to Hindi!". Udayavani (in Kannada). Retrieved 29 October 2021.
  12. ^ "The Times Group". epaperbeta.timesofindia.com. Archived from the original on 11 November 2018. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  13. ^ a b "Details". www.vijaykarnatakaepaper.com. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  14. ^ "Shutterdulai, First Remake in Tulu". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  15. ^ "Telugu blockbuster Brahomotsavam film team in a fix for copying Tulu song". News karnataka. 27 May 2016.
  16. ^ "Udayavani ePaper Sudina (Mangalore) Edition". Epaper.udayavani.com. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  17. ^ "Udayavani – ಉದಯವಾಣಿ". Archived from the original on 6 January 2019. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  18. ^ Ee Prapancha: Tulu Cinema at 35
  19. ^ a b c "How Tulu cinema came out of shadows to script identity". Hindustan Times. 15 August 2021. Retrieved 29 October 2021.
  20. ^ a b c d e "Mangaluru: Coastalwood enthralling moviegoers since time immemorial". www.daijiworld.com. Retrieved 29 October 2021.
  21. ^ "Tulu film to be shot in 17 hours; it is likely to feature in Guinness World Records". The Hindu. 25 June 2018. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 23 October 2021.
  22. ^ "It's been a roller-coaster for 40 years". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 20 May 2011. Archived from the original on 25 January 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2011.
  23. ^ "Mangalore: 'Nirel' Tulu movie gets rousing response in city". www.daijiworld.com. Retrieved 29 October 2021.
  24. ^ "Shooting Of NIREL International Tulu Movie Almost Completed". News Karnataka. 20 March 2015. Retrieved 29 October 2021.
  25. ^ "Tulu Stands Tall with a Reel Record". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 29 October 2021.
  26. ^ "'Dhand' becomes first Tulu movie to release in Australia, more shows planned in Mumbai". Dubai, UAE: Daijiworld.com. 23 August 2015. Retrieved 20 May 2011.
  27. ^ "In a first, Tulu Movie Dhand to be released in the UK on Oct 3rd". Dubai, UAE: Newskarnataka.com. 23 August 2015. Retrieved 20 May 2011.
  28. ^ "'Dhand' Tulu film creates history in Israel with first houseful Indian film ever". namma.tv. Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  29. ^ "100 days of 'Chandikori'". Deccan Herald. 3 January 2016. Retrieved 29 October 2021.
  30. ^ Shenoy, Jaideep. "'Chandi Kori' team all geared up for 100 days bash on Jan 4 - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 29 October 2021.
  31. ^ "Mangaluru: Tulu movie 'Belchappa' – Trailer released".
  32. ^ "Mangaluru: Blockbuster Tulu film 'Girgit' earns over Rs one crore in first week run". www.daijiworld.com. Retrieved 29 October 2021.
  33. ^ Lokesh, Vinay. "The national award is dedicated to Tulu land, says Pingara director Preetham Shetty - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 29 October 2021.
  34. ^ "Roopesh Shetty's 'Gamjaal' receives thunderous response from the audience". India Today. 26 February 2021. Retrieved 23 October 2021.
  35. ^ "Mangaluru: Tulu movie 'Soda Sharbhat' to be released on Dec 31". www.daijiworld.com. Retrieved 20 July 2022.
  36. ^ Pinto, Arun (24 February 2022). "Tulu film Soda Sharbath set for Qatar release on Feb 25". News Karnataka. Retrieved 20 July 2022.
  37. ^ "Raj Sounds And Lights Movie: Showtimes, Review, Trailer, Posters, News & Videos | eTimes", The Times of India, retrieved 20 July 2022
  38. ^ "Tulu movie Raj Sounds & Lights opens to great response in Mangaluru, Udupi". www.daijiworld.com. Retrieved 20 July 2022.
  39. ^ "'Jeetige' wins National Film Award in Tulu category". The Hindu. 22 July 2022. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 24 July 2022.
  40. ^ "National Film Awards: Suriya, Ajay Devgn bag Best Actor award for Soararai Pottru and Tanhaji- The Unsung Warrior". DNA India. Retrieved 24 July 2022.