M.G.R. Government Film and Television Training Institute

The M.G.R. Government Film and Television Training Institute, formerly known as the Adyar Film Institute, is Asia's first-ever film and television training institute. Established in 1945 as Adyar Film Institute, it is one of the pioneer film institutes in India,[1] It is in Tharamani, Chennai, and is run by the Tamil Nadu State Government under the Department of Information and Public Relations.[2]

M.G.R. Government Film and Television Training Institute
TypeFilm school
Established1945; 78 years ago (1945)
Academic affiliations
Tamil Nadu Music and Fine Arts University
CIT Campus, Tharamani,
NicknameAdayar Film Institute FTIT

It offers four-year bachelor's degree courses

  1. Bachelor of Visual Arts (Cinematography)
  2. Bachelor of Visual Arts (Digital Intermediate)
  3. Bachelor of Visual Arts (Audiography)
  4. Bachelor of Visual Arts (Direction and Screenplay Writing)
  5. Bachelor of Visual Arts (Film Editing)
  6. Bachelor of Visual Arts (Animation and Visual Effects)

Screenplay and Direction, Cinematography, Sound Recording and Sound Engineering, Film Editing and Film Processing, and functions of the government. Only 14 students are admitted in each course.

The diplomas are approved by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), while the certificates are awarded by the Department of Technical Education, Government of Tamil Nadu.[2][3]

The chief minister of Tamil Nadu, M. K. Stalin, appointed actor Rajesh as the Head of the Institute in Sep 2022.


The institute was established in 1945 as Adyar Film Institute and was a part of the Central Polytechnic. In 1965, it moved into its present campus in the Tharamani area of Chennai. At the time, the campus was spread over 54 acres, which has reduced over the following decades, due to rapid urbanisation. Parts of land were given to the IIT Madras and many IT companies, bringing it down to the present 10 acres.

A full-fledged "Film City" in the country, situated amidst sylvan surroundings and serene atmosphere at Chennai, is being inaugurated on 31 August 1994, in a true manner by the then chief minister late J. Jayalalitha. The Film City with its 21 crore rupees worth of comprehensive infrastructural facilities encompassing all aspects of moviemaking. One can enter and can exit with a completed film.[citation needed]

M.G.R. Film City is situated in Taramani. It is an Indian Film and TV Training Institute run by Tamil Nadu State Government under Information and Public relation.[citation needed]

A Dream World that's dotting a living landscape has been the vision of the mighty architect of Tamil Nadu's progress, Dr. J.Jayalalitha, the Honorable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. After completion of this dream world and named J. Jayalalitha Film City. The grandeur and scale of the project have been inspired by her intellect and imagination and is an example of her creative spirit.[citation needed]

The Film City has everything for the dream merchants to spin their web of fantasy tales. Their wildest imagination can be realised here on the "silver screen". These settings and locales cascade into a world of equipment and technology which reveal the level of sophistication seen only in the finest studios of the world. There were airconditioned shooting floor, editing lab, recording studio, preview theatre, makeup room, central jail, police station, courtyard, and Japanese home. These settings play an important role in TV productions and Indian Films.[citation needed]

In 2006, it was renamed M.G.R. Film and Television Training Institute, after former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu M. G. Ramachandran (1917–1987), who was a prominent actor in Tamil cinema.[4]

In 1994, the government started MGR Film City to make more filmmaking facilities in the city. On 16 October 1997, Queen Elizabeth II visited MGR Film City and watched the filming of Kamal Haasan's Tamil movie Marudhanayagam.[5] The acting course that started in 1971, at the behest of M.G.R., was discontinued in 2002.[6] Talks to revive the course have been on for many years.[7]

Notable alumniEdit

Year Artist Category Notes
K. S. Prasad Cinematographer
Mankada Ravi Varma Cinematographer
1968 Ashok Kumar Cinematographer
P. S. Nivas Cinematographer
1972 Keyaar Film director
Aabavanan Film director
RV.Udayakumar Film director
1973 Rajinikanth Actor
1973 G. V. Narayana Rao Actor
1973 Mohan Babu Actor
1973 K. Natraj Actor
Ramki Actor
C. Rudhraiya Screenwriter, Film director
K. Rajeshwar Screenwriter, Film director
1974 Jose Actor
1976 Rajendra Prasad Actor
1976 Sujatha Vijaykumar Producer
1976 Chakrapani Actor
1977 Sudhakar Actor
1977 Chiranjeevi Actor
1977 Nassar Actor
1978 Sreenivasan Actor
1979 P. C. Sreeram Cinematographer
1981 Suhasini Maniratnam Cinematographer
1987 Raveendran Actor
Ajayan Cinematographer
N. Harikumar Sound editor
U. K. Senthil Kumar Cinematographer
1996 Chandru Manickavasagam Writer, Film director
R. T. Neason Director
1997 N. K. Ekambaram Cinematographer
1980 Raghuvaran Actor
1983 Archana Actor
Yugi Sethu Film director
1983 R. V. Udayakumar Film director
1986 Anand Raj Actor
1986 Shiva Rajkumar Actor
1987 Kumar Bangarappa Actor
Jeeva Cinematographer
S. Saravanan Cinematographer
M. V. Panneerselvam Cinematographer
1990 Saravanan Actor
1993 E. Ezhilbabu Cinematographer
Cameraman, ISRO, Ahmedabad
Alberrt Antoni Film director
Vaidy S. Cinematographer
R. Diwakaran Cinematographer
1998 Siva Director
1998 Vetri Cinematographer
1998 Nandha Durairaj Actor
2000 Narain Cinematographer
2000 E. Krishnasamy Cinematographer
2005 Mahesh Narayanan Film editor, Screenplay writer
2011 Richard Prasad Cinematographer
Srihari Actor
2011 Bakkiyaraj Kannan Director
2014 J. Dharmendra Television Presenter, Actor
2005 Manush Nandan Cinematographer
Vijay Ulaganath Cinematographer
2002 Gnanam Subramanian Cinematographer
1999 Mohan Raja Film director
2012 Gopi Krishna Editor
2001 Manoj Paramahamsa Cinematographer
1989 R. D. Rajasekhar Cinematographer
Vijay Milton Cinematographer
1989 R. Rathnavelu Cinematographer
1984 Rajiv Menon Cinematographer
G. P. Krishna Cinematographer
Ayananka Bose Cinematographer
V. Manikandan Cinematographer
Boopathy Pandian Director
Sakthi Saravanan Cinematographer
2004 Arul Sakthi Jayam Underwater DOP/ Cinematographer
2009 Sujith Sarang Cinematographer
1999 Bommarillu Baskar Film Director
Azhagam Perumal Director, Actor
P. S. Vinod Cinematographer
Arivazhagan Venkatachalam Director
1999 M. Anbazhagan Director
2019 Suriya Pradhaman Editor
2016 Kavin Raj Cinematographer
2008 Dinesh Krishnan Cinematographer
1983 P. V. Sunilkumar Cinematographer,Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, ISRO

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ One among the Pioneer film institutes Archived 2013-03-19 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b Courses Offered
  3. ^ "CAREER GUIDE: Shooting for the stars". The Hindu. 1 November 2010. Archived from the original on 8 November 2010. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
  4. ^ "Modernisation of Government printing presses under way: Minister". The Hindu. 29 August 2006. Archived from the original on 13 November 2007. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
  5. ^ Queen Elizabeth's Visit to MGR Film City Archived 2003-12-31 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "MGR Film and TV Institute losing land to urbanisation". The Times of India. 12 June 2009. Archived from the original on 11 April 2013. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
  7. ^ "New dreams for MGR Film Institute". The Hindu. 5 July 2009. Archived from the original on 9 July 2009. Retrieved 22 February 2013.

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