TR Sundaram

Best films:
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In 1937 Tiruchengodu Ramalingam Sundaram Mudaliar (aka TR Sundaram) started Modern Theatres in Selam/Salem, halfway between Chennai and Coimbatore. He produced the first Malayalam talkiem Balan (1938, lost), directed by Shewakaram Nottani, and personally directed Utthama Puthiran (1940), a remake of James Whale's The Man in the Iron Mask (1939), the film that turned Pudukkottai Ulaganathan Pillai Chinnappa into a star (he had debuted in the boys company Madurai Original Boys), and Manthiri Kumari (1950), that turned Maruthur Gopalan Menon Ramachandran into a star.

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