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The cinema of Andhra Pradesh (Telugu: తెలుగు సినీపరిశ్రమ), is the Telugu language film industry in India.

The film industry of Andhra Pradesh is the largest in India in terms of number of movies made each year. The Prasads IMAX theatre in Hyderabad has the biggest IMAX 3D screen in the world. The industry has earned a handful of Guinness World Records, including records for acting in the same role the most times by an actor (N. T. Rama Rao as Lord Krishna, 18 times), the most number of films directed by a female director (Vijaya Nirmala), the most films produced by one person (D. Ramanaidu), the most number of songs sung by a male singer (SP Balasubramanyam), the most same-language films acted by a person (Brahmanandam), the largest film production facility in the world etc. Bhakta Prahlada, released on September 15, 1931, was South India's first talkie film to have a theatrical release.

Shift of industry from Madras to Hyderabad

Telugu cinema was established and developed in Chennai and until 1970 the industry was located in Chennai. Veteran actor Akkineni Nageswara Rao was the first person to come to Hyderabad and build a studio, which he named Annapurna Studios. By the early 1990s, the industry had completely shifted to Hyderabad.

Trivia

  • Telugu cinema was dominated by Chittor V. Nagaiah, L. V. Prasad among others during 1940-50s.
  • From 1960s through the 1980s, the industry was dominated by S.V.Ranga Rao, N. T. Rama Rao, A. Nageswara Rao and Jaggayya
  • From 1975s to 1987, Ghattamaneni Siva Rama Krishna, Sobhan Babu and Krishnam Raju maintained a strong grip on the box office.
  • From 1990's onwards, the industry was dominated by Chiranjeevi, Nandamuri Balakrishna, Nagarjuna Akkineni and Daggubati Venkatesh.
  • From 2000's onwards actors, like Pawan Kalyan, Mahesh Babu, Ravi Teja, Jr. NTR, Ram Charan Teja, Uday Kiran, Tarun, Allu Arjun, Prabhas etc came into lime light.

Guinness World Records

  • Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao for playing the same character 18 times
  • D Ramanaidu for producing the most films
  • Vijaya Nirmala as the woman who has directed the most films
  • Brahmanandam for acting in the most films
  • SP Balasubramanyam for singing the most songs
  • Ramoji Film City for Largest Film Production Facility in the world

Technological Firsts

  • First Colour Movie: Tene Manasulu
  • First Cinema Scope movie: Alluri Seetharama Raju
  • First 70mm Movie: Simhasanam

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