KERALA

Cameras set to roll again at famed studio

Staff Reporter

ALAPPUZHA: Udaya Studio, the first film city in the State and for long the home of Malayalam film industry, is set for a rebirth after a struggle over decades.

The studio, set up by Kunchacko in 1947, will officially become Udayasurya Studios on April 30.

The makeover will be in the form of an overall revamp with a film academy, Malayalam film industry’s biggest hi-tech air-conditioned studio floor and facilities for almost all activities in filmmaking.

The revival of the studio, which saw the making of hit movies with renowned actors till the industry shifted its activities to Kodambakam in Chennai, is being done by Raju J. Vayalatt, son of V.T. Joseph who now owns the place, along with businessmen Kailasa Rao and Sudheer Babu.

According to Mr. Rao, the rebirth of the studio would be in tune with the changing needs of the film industry, incorporating the latest technological know-how. Filmmakers from other languages too can shoot their films here, he said, adding that the objective was to make Udayasurya Studio a hub of all activities related to cinema in the country.

Already, associations of producers, directors and artistes in the State have assured their cooperation for the project.

Filmmaker Fazil has suggested a technical advisory committee to ensure availability of quality technological equipment at the new studio.

Training

The film academy, with 30 students in each batch, will offer hands-on training to students in technical affairs, production, acting, graphics, animation, dubbing and cinematography, Mr. Rao said.

The studio will become fully functional in September. The launch of Udayasurya Studio will be held at 3 p.m. on April 30 in the presence of Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan and Leader of the Opposition Oommen Chandy, among others.

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