() is the oldest and largest film production
surviving studio in India
. It is currently owned by M. Saravanan
and his son, M. S. Guhan
. The most recent film they have produced since their opening with Nam Iruvar
in 1947, is Vettaikkaaran
. The filming studios are located in Vadapalani
. Besides Tamil they have produced many films in Bollywood
. They have introduced numerous actors in the Tamil and Telugu film industries, some of the prominent actors are Sivaji Ganesan
and Kamal Haasan
Among South India's movie moguls, A.V. Meiyappan is a far-sighted entrepreneur and filmmaker with dash and dynamism, he had a finger on the pulse of the moviegoer. Entering the world of movies soon after it was introduced in India in the year 1931, for nearly half a century he worked incessantly, producing pictures of many kinds in many languages. A man with great foresight, he faced much adversity early in his career but like a true pioneer fought relentlessly and made it to the top.
A talent scout, he opened the doors of opportunity and success to many performing artistes and technicians.
Born on 28 July 1907, Avichi Meiyappan hailed from a Nattukottai Nagarathar
family of Karaikkudi
in Tamil Nadu. Avichi Chettiar
ran a mini-department store, named AV & Sons. It sold gramophone records. Meiyappan, who joined his father's shop even as a teenager, decided to produce gramophone records instead of merely marketing them. He... Read More