Saturday, October 8, 2011

Gemini Studios- An Era!

Gemini Studios (Tamil: ஜெமினி ஸ்டுடியோஸ்) was launched when Thiruthuraipoondi Subramanian Srinivasan (aka. S. S. Vasan) (1903–1969) bought a film distribution concern at an auction and renamed it as Gemini Pictures also known as Gemini Studios. Gemini Studios served as a breeding ground for innumerable artists and technicians for the south Indian Film Industry. The Gemini twins became a household symbol and the Gemini flyover was named after the original studio at that junction.[1]


Early history

S.S.Vasan bought from his friend K. Subramaniam a Film distribution business Motion Picture Producers' Combines studio on Mount Road for Rs.86,427-11-9 and renamed it as Gemini Studios in the year 1940.[2]

Time line

  • 1941 - Madanakamarajan with the arrival of K. Ramnoth, a cameraman and scenarist, and A.K. Sekhar, art director brought many changes in production.
  • 1943 - Mangamma Sapatham
  • 1945 - Kannamma En Kadhali
  • 1947 - Miss Malini
  • 1948 - Kalpana. This was Uday Shankar's dance spectacular, shot at the studio, that set the trend for future choreographers. Also Chandralekhaa magnificent movie by S. S. Vasan that was a first for a Tamil to achieve All India distribution and brought excellent returns.
  • 1949 - Apoorva Sahodarargal A `costume adventure` film in three languages - Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, and a major success.
  • 1953 - Avvaiyyar -A Tamil film that proved a major box-office hit.
  • 1955 - Insaniyat -A Hindi film starring Dilip Kumar and Dev Anand.
  • 1958 - Vanjikottai Valiban and Raj Tilak - A Tamil and Hindi film starring Gemini Ganesan, Vyjayanthimala and Padmini.
  • 1959 - Paigham - A Hindi film starring Dilip Kumar, Vyjayanthimala and Raaj Kumar.
  • 1966 - Motor Sundaram Pillai - This was Sivaji Ganesan's sole film for Gemini Studios. After S.S. Vasan's death, his son S.S. Balasubramanyam took the reins.
  • 1969 - Manushulu Marali - A Telugu film starring Shoban Babu.
  • 1975 - Ellorum Nallavare - This was a flop and the studio's fortunes declined in the 70s and it was taken over by Anand Cine Services later.


After the studio being abandoned for two decades, the buildings were razed and a Luxury Hotel called The park was constructed and opened in 2002.[3][4]


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