In that same March 1932 article, Deming was also considering the name "Hollygunge" but decided to go with "Tollywood" as the nickname for the Tollygunge area due to "Tolly being a proper name and Gunge meaning locality" in the Bengali language.
It was this "chance juxtaposition of two pairs of rhyming syllables," Holly and Tolly, that led to the name "Tollywood" being coined.
The early beginnings of the "talking film" industry go back to the early 1930s, when it came to British India, and to Calcutta.
The movies were originally made in Urdu or Persian to accommodate a specific elite market.
Although the industry's Gross Box-office is smaller, when compared to large market driven industries of the country such as Bollywood, Telugu cinema, Tamil cinema and Malayalam cinema the Bengali film industry is known for producing many of Indian cinema's most critically acclaimed global Parallel Cinema and art films, with several of its filmmakers gaining international acclaim, and prominence at the Indian National Film Awards.
To restore access and understand how to better interact with our site to avoid this in the future, please have your system administrator contact [email protected], the first Bengali feature film, Billwamangal, was produced in 1919, under the banner of Madan Theatre.Bilat Ferat was the IBFC's first production in 1921.Deming, an American engineer who was involved in the production of the first Indian sound film.He gave the industry the name Tollywood because the Tollygunge district in which it was based rhymed with "Hollywood", and because Tollygunge was the center of the cinema of India as a whole at the time much like Hollywood was in the cinema of the United States.
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