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AVM Studio is one of the oldest studio in India

Tamil cinema is a part of Indian cinema, producing films in the Tamil language. Based in the Kodambakkam district of Chennai, Tamil Nadu, the industry is colloquially referred to as Kollywood, a portmanteau of "Kodambakkam" and "Hollywood". A limited number of Tamil films have been also produced in Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore and Canada.

The first silent film produced in Tamil Nadu, Keechaka Vadham, was made by R. Nataraja Mudaliar in 1918. The first sound film, Kalidas, was released on 31 October 1931, barely seven months after India's first sound film Alam Ara. By the end of the 1930s, the legislature of the State of Madras passed the Entertainment Tax Act of 1939. Tamil cinema later had a profound effect on other filmmaking industries of India, establishing Chennai as a secondary hub for Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, and Hindi cinema. In its modern era, Tamil films from Chennai have been distributed to various overseas theatres in Singapore, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Malaysia, Japan, Oceania, the Middle East, Western Europe, and North America.

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24 is a 2016 Indian Tamil-language science fiction thriller film written and directed by Vikram Kumar. Based on the concept of time-travel, the film stars actor Suriya in triple roles, with actresses Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Nithya Menen and Saranya Ponvannan in lead roles.

The development dates back to 2009, where the film was to feature actors Vikram and Ileana D'Cruz in lead roles. However, in February 2010, the project was dropped due to difference in opinions between director, producer and actor, facing rejection of the refined script. In August 2014, Suriya agreed to produce and act in the film, with principal photography commencing in Mumbai in April 2015, continuing in Nasik, Goregaon and Pune. The second phase of filming was done in Poland by end-September 2015. Filming was completed in Chennai by November 2015.

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Vijay at Puli Audio Launch.
Joseph Vijay, better known mononymously as Vijay, is an Indian film actor and playback singer who works in Tamil cinema. Vijay is referred to by the media as Thalapathy (commander).

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