Navodaya Studio

Navodaya Studio is an Indian film studio headquartered at Kochi, Kerala. It is one of the earliest film studios in Kerala, established in 1976 by Navodaya Appachan. Navodaya is known for producing some of the landmark films in Indian cinema.

Navodaya Studio
IndustryEntertainment industry
Founded1976 (1976)
FounderNavodaya Appachan
Area served
Key people
Jijo Punnoose
Jose Punnoose
ProductsMotion pictures
  • Navodaya Movietone
  • Navodaya Release


The studio was founded by Apachan in 1976, after he parted ways with his brother Kunchacko's Udaya Studio.


The first film Kadathanattu Makkam produced by Navodaya studio was directed by Appachan himself. The second film Thacholi Ambu was the first cinemascope film in Malayalam.[1] It was followed by Padayottam, which was the first 70 mm film in India.[2] The post production work of Sholay, the first 70 mm production in India was done in the United Kingdom. But for Padayottam, the works were done at Prasad Labs, Kerala.[3] In 1982, India's first 3D film, My Dear Kuttichathan was released.[4] Apart from these landmark films, Navodaya also produced numerous hit films in Malayalam including Thacholi Ambu, My Dear Kuttichathan, Manjil Virinja Pookkal, Padayottam and Chanakyan.

The studio was later renovated in 2000's welcoming the needs of the television industry. Appachan's sons Jijo Punnoose and Jose Punnoose has taken over the functioning.

Appachan, along with the Navodaya Studios, was awarded the J. C. Daniel Award in 2011.[5]


  1. ^ "An interview with Navodaya Appachan". Archived from the original on 26 March 2009. Retrieved 14 March 2011.
  2. ^ Rajitha (1 September 1998). "Team of 48". Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Still raring to go". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 4 March 2011. Archived from the original on 29 June 2011. Retrieved 14 March 2011.
  4. ^ "Casting a magic spell". The Hindu. 15 May 2003. Archived from the original on 10 January 2009. Retrieved 14 March 2011.
  5. ^ Press Trust of India (28 February 2011). "JC Daniel award for Navodaya Appachan". The Times of India. Thiruvananthapuram. Archived from the original on 8 March 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2011.