STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Kerala's famed Udaya studio to be a memory soon

The studio that was set up by Kunchako at Pathirappally near Alappuzha on the 15-acre land has a rich legacy.

Published: 06th May 2019 06:31 PM  |   Last Updated: 06th May 2019 07:16 PM   |  A+A-

(The Udaya studio at Pathirappally in Alappuzha

(The Udaya studio at Pathirappally in Alappuzha| Express)

By Express News Service

ALAPPUZHA: The oldest film studio of the state, Udaya Studio, established by Kunchako in 1947 will be history soon as the new owners of the famed premises plan to use the land for different business enterprise.

The studio that was set up by Kunchako at Pathirappally near Alappuzha on the 15-acre land has a rich legacy.

The first film under the Udaya banner 'Vellinakshathram' was released in 1948. In the later years, the studio went on to make an indelible mark on the Malayalam cinema landscape.

The land has changed hands several times and the 3 acres on which some of the major buildings remain now was also sold to a NRI business man by the present owner a few months ago.

"The lost of Udaya studio is a painful one. I have written a letter to Chief Minister through Finance Minister T M Thomas Isaac, seeking his intervention to preserve it as monument. I will try to unite the likeminded people to preserve the rich legacy of Malayalam film industry," Director Blessy said.

"The Udaya studio is an inevitable part of Malayalam film history. A major part of my film 'Kalimunnu' is produced at the studio. In my beginning stage, I stayed the studio for weeks to assist P Padmarajan sir for his film 'Aparan'. The symbol of studio is an icon of Malayalam film and its lost is very painful," he added.

The present owners said they would preserve the heritage of the studio along with their other business ventures.

Last week, a statue of Virgin Mary at the entrance of the studio was removed and handed over to the authorities of a nearby church.

Stay up to date on all the latest Kerala news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp