Raghupathi Venkaiah Naidu produced the first Telugu silent film, Bhishma Pratigna and he well known as the father of Telugu cinema.

The Telugu film industry was originated with silent films in 1912, with the production and release of Anusha Adusumalli in 1921.

The first Telugu film with audible dialogue, Bhakta Prahlada, was produced by H.M. Reddy, who directed the first South Indian talkie Kalidas (1931).

Tollywood holds the Guinness World Record for the largest film production facility in the world.


The 1951 film Patala Bhairavi was the only South Indian film screened at the first India International Film Festival,held in Mumbai on 24 January 1952.

Movie producer D.Rama Naidu holds the Guinness World Record as the most prolific producer with 130 films.

Movie director Dasari Narayana Rao holds the Guinness World Record as the most number of films directed with 151 films.

Telugu actor Brahmanandam holds the Guinness World Record for acting in the most number of films in a single language, +1000 films.