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

M.G.R. Government Film and Television Training Institute
Type Film school
Established 1945
Location CIT Campus, Tharamani,
, India
Campus Urban
Nickname Adayar Film Institute

The Adyar Film Institute (officially known as M.G.R. Government Film and Television Training 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 three-year diploma 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
1972 Kothanda Ramaiah Film director
1973 Rajinikanth Actor
1973 K. Natraj Actor
? P. S. Nivas Cinematographer
1976 Betha Sudhakar Actor
1976 Chiranjeevi Actor
1973 Mohan Babu Actor
1977 Sreenivasan Actor
? Suhasini Maniratnam Cinematographer
1978 Ravindran Actor
? Ajayan Film director
? N. Harikumar Sound editor
? Raghuvaran Actor
? Archana Actor
? Yugi Sethu Film director
? R. V. Udayakumar Film director
1986 Anand Raj Actor
1986 Shiva Rajkumar Actor
1987 Kumar Bangarappa Actor
? Anand Ranga Film director
1990 Saravanan Actor
? Alberrt Antoni Film director
1998 Siva Cinematographer
1998 Nandha Durairaj Actor
2000 Narain Cinematographer
2005 Mahesh Narayanan Film editor, screenplay writer
2011 Richard Prasad Cinematographer
? Srihari Actor
2011 Sooraj Nallusamy Cinematographer
2005 Manush Nandan Cinematographer
? Gnanam Subramanian Cinematographer
? PC Sreeram Cinematographer
2000 Mohan Raja Film director
2012 Gopikrishna Editor
? Manoj Paramahamsa Cinematographer
? R. D. Rajasekhar Cinematographer
? Vijay Milton Cinematographer
? R. Rathnavelu Cinematographer
? Rajiv Menon Cinematographer
? Natarajan Subramaniam Cinematographer known as Natraj
? G P Krishna Cinematographer
? Manikandan Cinematographer
? Riyaz Editor

See also


  1. One among the Pioneer film institutes
  2. 1 2 Courses Offered
  3. "CAREER GUIDE: Shooting for the stars". The Hindu. November 1, 2010. Retrieved February 22, 2013.
  4. 1 2 "MGR Film and TV Institute losing land to urbanisation". The Times of India. Jun 12, 2009. Retrieved Feb 22, 2013.
  5. 1 2 "New dreams for MGR Film Institute". The Hindu. Jul 5, 2009. Retrieved Feb 22, 2013.
  6. "Modernisation of Government printing presses under way: Minister". The Hindu. Aug 29, 2006. Retrieved Feb 22, 2013.
  7. Queen Elizabeth's Visit to MGR Film City
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