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

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M.G.R. Government Film and Television Training Institute
TypeFilm school
CIT Campus, Tharamani,
NicknameAdayar Film Institute FTIT

The M.G.R. Government Film and Television Training Institute, formerly known as the Adyar Film Institute, is an Indian film and television training institute. Established in 1945 as Adyar Film Institute, it is one among 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]

It offers four-year bachelor degree courses in Screenplay and Direction, Cinematography, Sound Recording and Sound Engineering, Film Editing and Film Processing, and functions of the government.

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 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 following decades, due to rapid urbanisation. Parts of land were given to the IIT Madras and many IT companies, bringing it down to present 10 acres.[4][5]

In 2006 it was renamed as 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 of Tamil cinema.[6]

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;[7] the acting course that started in 1971, at the behest of M.G.R., was discontinued in 2002.[4] Talks to revive the course have been on for many years.[5]


! Year ! Artist ! Category ! Notes
K. S. Prasad Cinematographer
Mankada Ravi Varma Cinematographer
1968 Ashok Kumar Cinematographer
P. S. Nivas Cinematographer
1972 Kothanda Ramaiah Film director
Aabaavaanan Film director
RK. Selvamani Film director
RV. Udhayakumar Film director
1973 Rajinikanth Actor
1973 Mohan Babu Actor
1973 K. Natraj Actor
Ramki Actor
C. Rudhraiya Screenwriter, film director
K. Rajeshwar Screenwriter, film director
1976 Betha Sudhakar Actor
1976 Chiranjeevi Actor
1976 Nassar Actor
1977 Sreenivasan Actor
1979 P. C. Sreeram Cinematographer
1981 Suhasini Maniratnam Cinematographer
1978 Ravindran Actor
? Ajayan Cinematographer
? N. Harikumar Sound editor
1997 Sr. Sathish Kumar Cinematographer
1996 Chandru Manickavasagam Writer, Director
1996 Rk. Rajarathinam Cinematographer
1997 Nk. Ekhambaram 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
Film director
1990 Saravanan Actor
1993 E. Ezhilbabu Cinematographer
Cameraman, ISRO, Ahmedabad
Alberrt Antoni Film director
Vaidy S Cinematographer
R. Diwakaran Cinematographer
1998 Siva Cinematographer
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 Sooraj Nallusamy Cinematographer
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
? Sujith Sarang Cinematographer
? Sreejith Sarang Editor
? Azhagam Perumal Director, Actor
? P. S. Vinod Cinematographer
? Arivazhagan Venkatachalam Director
1999 M.Anbazhagan Director
2019 Suriya Pradhaman Editor

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  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. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
  4. ^ a b "MGR Film and TV Institute losing land to urbanisation". The Times of India. 12 June 2009. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
  5. ^ a b "New dreams for MGR Film Institute". The Hindu. 5 July 2009. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
  6. ^ "Modernisation of Government printing presses under way: Minister". The Hindu. 29 August 2006. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
  7. ^ Queen Elizabeth's Visit to MGR Film City Archived 2003-12-31 at the Wayback Machine

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