We are now celebrating the 100 Years of INDIAN CINEMA. This year also happens to be the 40 th Anniversary of the First Cinemascope Film in South India - RAJA RAJA CHOZHAN ( Tamil) which was released in 1973. The First Indian Cinemascope film was Guru Datt's KAGAZ KE PHOOL ( Hindi - B&W ) released in 1959.The legendary Cinematographer V.K.Murthy was the man behind the camera.
|RAJA RAJA CHOZHAN CinemaScope - Colour|
The film was produced by G. Umapathy of Anand Theatres , Chennai and Directed by A. P. Nagarajan. The Music scored by Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan and the Cinematography by W.R. Subba Rao.
The cast : Sivaji Ganesan, R. Muthuraman, Sivakumar, M.N.Nambiar, Lakshmi, Manorama,Vijayakumari,S. Varalakshmi. It also had Singer actors T. R. Mahalingam and Sirkazhi Govindarajan
|Sivaji Ganesan and M.N.Nambiar|
Many, even from the Film Industry are not aware of the fact that CinemaScope is the Registered Trade Mark of 20 th Century Fox International Corporation and Royalty had to be paid for the use of the name "CinemaScope" in the publicity material. But in the First CinemaScope film, there is a special title card regarding this:
|License from 20 th Century Fox|
Inspite of the new wide screen CinemScope format, grand settings and super actors the film bombed at the box office and it was only few years later that Cinemascope as format was revived and came into vogue. I think that the next one was my film ALLAVIDHEENUM ARPUTHA VILAKKUM (Tamil and Malayalam - 1979) Directed by I.V.Sasi.
|ALLAVIDHEENUM ARPUTHA VILAKKUM|
Afterwards there was no going back and now it had become the most widely accepted format in India!