Film Nagar The heart of Tollywood
Film Nagar is located in the central zone of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) limits. Besides being home to several Telugu film personalities and celebrities, the area also houses some of the largest film production companies in south India like Ramanaidu Studios, Annapurna Studios, Ramakrishna Studios, Padmalaya Studios, Shabdhalaya Theatres, Vaishno Academy, Vyjayanthi Movies,
Film Nagar is located in the central zone of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) limits. Besides being home to several Telugu film personalities and celebrities, the area also houses some of the largest film production companies in south India like Ramanaidu Studios, Annapurna Studios, Ramakrishna Studios, Padmalaya Studios, Shabdhalaya Theatres, Vaishno Academy, Vyjayanthi Movies, Sri Lakshmi Prasanna Pictures, Sri Venkateswara Creations, Fire Fly Creative Studios, Makuta Graphics Studios, etc. The AP Film Chamber of Commerce, Movie Artists Association, Telugu Film Producer’s Council, Preview Theatre, offices of a few producers can be located here. Prominent surrounding areas are Jubilee Hills, Banjara Hills, Nanakramguda, Madhapur, MLA Colony, etc.
Apollo Hospital (estd 1988), Indo American Cancer Hospital (estd 2000), Oakridge School, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan School, Jubilee Hills Public School, Royal Bank of Scotland, The Park, Lanco Mall, Lotus Pond are a few landmarks here. The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is 20 km away and the Secunderabad Railway Station is 15 km away.
Major landmarks here are Film Nagar Co-Operative Housing Society (1978), Film Nagar Cultural Center (FNCC) (1993), Film Nagar Diva Sannidhanam.( 2004 ), Saibaba Temple (2005), Rama Naidu Film Studio (1985) AP Film Chamber of Commerce (1979), Fire Service Station (2006) and Padmalaya Studios.
Kaja Suryanaryana, secretary, Film Nagar Cooperative Housing Society, said, “Film Nagar Cooperative Housing Society was established in 1978 with the efforts of former chief ministers Kasu Brahmanada Reddy, Dr Marri Chenna Reddy, Jalagam Vengala Rao and Dr Chenna Reddy along with film personalities like A Nageswara Rao, DVS Raju, VB Rajendra Prasad, Dasari Narayana Rao, D Madhusudhana Rao, who shifted the Telugu cine industry from Madras to Hyderabad. Dr Chenna Reddy wanted Hyderabad to grow culturally and hence requested actor Dr A Nageswara Rao to shift the Telugu Cine industry to Hyderabad from Madras for which he accepted but on a condition that that the government offers land for the construction of the studio and a place to live for the artistes.
The government allotted 95 acres for Film Nagar Housing Society in the jurisdiction of Jubilee Hills area. The allotted land had two sites. Site 1 had 240 plots named A, B, C and D and site 2 had 125 plots which was grouped as A, B and C. In 1981, the then chief minister T Anjaiah inaugurated the office society building.
Kaja Suryanaryana, secretary of the society for the past 25 years, said, “Though we were promised 95 acres in 1978, a survey by the MCH authorities later revealed that only 91.25 acres were allotted. Our consistent follow ups with successive governments did not yield any results. We appeal to the government to look into the matter and restore us the legitimate share of 3.15 acres.”