Film society movement in Andhra Pradesh

filmsociety To create a sizeable audience for realistic, artistic and meaningful cinema and to spread good cinema culture among the people were the principal objectives of the First film society. In addition to the above the film societies had another important activity of inspiring the Film makers to make films with aesthetic and artistic approach towards the society and its problems.

In 1963 the first Film Society in A. P. was started in Hyderabad as Hyderabad Film Society then Cinema Circle, RR Labs Film Society came into active role. They served for a quite long time but after the formation of the Hyderabad Film Club in 1974 the FILM SOCIETY MOVEMENT in Andhra Pradesh has taken a successful turn and Hyfic has emerged as a pioneering society in state. It is a torch bearer for all other societies in the state. Late Mr. M. Phillip served as the secretary for at least a decade.Later on Mr.Bh.S.S.Prakash Reddy took over as the secretary of the Hyderabad film club.

Next to Hyderabad, Vijayawada Film Society (1973) took the movement further, under the able leadership of late ISK Devarayalu ‘Chitra Samskara’ was the film journal published by society.

KARIMNAGAR FILM SOCIETY was started in 1978; the founders of the society were Central Sahitya Akademi award winning writer Naveen, Mr.R.Ramulu and others. It has acquired 16mm, 35mm projectors in 80’s. Later under the leadership of Varala Anand Kafiso successfully constructed its own Auditorium i.e. ‘FILM BHAVAN’ of 200seats with all facilities like LCD projector etc. Kafiso publishes UTTAMA CHITRA film monthly regularly.

Another successful film society in Telangana region is Warangal Film Society. It was started in 1975, under the leadership of Dr.Srinivas Rao, JeevanKumar, Shyam Sunder. Presently Warangal film society is being lead by Writer Naveen as President and Mr.Nagabhushanam as secretary.

The first rural film society in Andhra Pradesh was started in 1981 at an ordinary pilgrim centre VEMULAWADA. The village was just having one single projector commercial theatre and the population of the village was just 10-15 thousands. But the idea of a film society to screen different language films and award winning films was received with enthusiasm and around 300 members were enrolled from teachers, employees, doctors and business people.

Sirisilla Film Society was started in 1982 under the leadership of Late Rudra Ravi,Fasi, Muthyam Reddy and Saleem. Writers like Jukanti Jagannatham and others were the major supporters of the society.

It published ‘Chaitanya Chitra Lahari’ a registered news bulletin. Sirsilla film society acquired its own 16mm projector for their screenings. This society served for four years in movement.

Jagtial Film Society was founded by Mr.N.Laxmikantham and Rayancha Prabhakar in Jagtial town. It served for three years. Yellareddypet film society was started in 1985 in a remote village near Sirsilla under the leadership of Mr. Ramana, a school teacher.

Huzurabad Film Society was started in Huzurabad town of Mr. Avunuri Sammaiah a journalist.

Godavarikhani film society was started under the leadership of T.Jagan Mohan Rao and Mr.A.Ramkishan. Godavarikhani, a coalmine area and industrially rich area. Members enthralled the society it was a big success for at least 6 years. it was having its own 16mm projector and film screenings were conducted in the officers club.

Writers like Thummeti Raghotham Reddy and many journalists took active role in these society activities. It ran for a decade successfully. Later on film societies started in Peddapally and Metpally and served for some time.

Vishakhapatnam film society was started in 1973/74 under the leadership of Prof.Venu Gopala Rao. It worked for good cinema cause and was in hibernation for some time but at present Vizag film society
is organizing its screenings under the leadership of Mr. Prakash Rao. It also publishing regular bulletin

Film societies worked in Bapatla (1975), Narasaraopeta (1978), Konasima Amalapuram Film Society, Nellore Film Society,Chaitrika in Machilipatnam,Cinemanobhiram inOngole were very active societies.

Film societies worked successfully for some time in towns like Chiirala, Guntur, Gudivada, Kakinada, Bhimavaram, Rajamundry, Anakapally, and Kavali.Tirupathi film society under the leadership of Mr.U.S.R.Anjaneyulu and Yethirajulu is working hard to hold much different type of programmes for their members in addition to film screenings. Kurnool Film Society is serving under the leadership of Mr.Laxminarayan Reddy. Film Society of Sthambadri is important film society in the district.

Kothagudem film society is functioning at the coalmine city in Khammam District under
the able guidance and leadership of Dr.Narendra.

Andhra embraced film society movement in 60’s and is still active in some places. The current electronic revolution has opened up new ways of screening films.This technological advancement along with the some enthusiasm for realistic cinema shows hope of one such film movement in the future.

  1. శివాజీ February 20, 2009 /
  2. V. Chowdary Jampala November 3, 2009 /