Child Artistes & Tamil Cinema (Galatta Cinema Article)

Monday, April 19, 2010
Thanks to the fantastic sidebar images on the Film Zest blog, I have discovered there is *another* South Indian film magazine in addition to SouthScope called Galatta Cinema. Intrigued, I searched for more information on it and found their official website and scans of the magazine in e-book format! One of my favorite features of SouthScope is the handful of articles on evergreen and black and white South Indian cinema. It's so hard to find any information on these older films online, and I feel like I'm discovering hidden gems when I come across resources on the subject! Would Galatta have these kinds of features, I pondered!

Pondering led to purchasing a few old e-book issues, and low and behold there are a few articles on classic cinema! Yay! Even better, there are some gorgeous pics of Sneha and Padmapriya which I am girlcrushing on somethin' serious. The one detractor was that some of the scans have pixelated, fuzzy picture quality on sections of the pages, but I'm willing to put up with that and am having lots of fun going through all the features and slick pics.

I plan to post various scans in the next few posts (evergreen and modern pics) to share these because I think they are great!  Posted with tacit approval of Galatta Cinema based on communication from them.

First up: "Child Artistes & Tamil Cinema" from the November 2009 issue. Highlights:
  • Features child stars all the way back to the 1930s!
  • Baby Saroja, the "Shirley Temple of India"
  • Adorable picture of child Sridevi :)
  • Did you know the legend Rekha started out as child star "Baby Banurekha" in the Telugu film Rangula Ratnam!
  • Kuzhandaiyum Deivamum is apparently a remake of the English film The Parent Trap - would love to see the Indian take of this one!

Here's the thumbnails which link to larger sizes. Enjoy!


  1. Thanks for posting the scans Minai. I'll come back read them again. Just remembered that Parent Trap was remade in both Tamil & Telugu. It was a huge hit. The songs were real popular too. Just found the video of telugu version "Letha Manasulu":

  2. Ah, thank you for the info and link! How adorable is that little girl! Such huge saucer-like eyes. :)

  3. Woah!Amazing find. Glad I was part of it in a small way. Thank for sharing them.

  4. Thanks for putting these up! Galatta Cinema rocks! I've been an ardent fan of for many years now and they are doing a great job with Galatta Cinema magazine as well!! SouthScope is also nice but is sadly copying from Galatta and is falsely calling itself "South India's 1st Movie Mag" when they are only a few months old while Galatta is more than 3 years old!

  5. dear cinemanrityagharana,

    thank you very much - for liking galatta cinema as well as posting such links on your blogs for your friends. :-)

    quick info: galatta cinema is indeed older than southscope (we started in 2007 while they are a few months old - thank you for that mention, Anonymous) and today, remains the largest and largest selling glossy monthly for southern cinema in its class... not just thanks to all the heart we have poured into the magazine, but thanks also to the celebrities we have featured and readers who love us for our content and our response to what THEY would love to see and read.

    please continue to read galatta cinema, visit and keep giving us your valuable input. don't hesitate to mail us with any queries at

    thanks and cheers!

    shakthi girish
    editor, galatta cinema

  6. Wow, thanks for mentioning cause I sure never knew :)

  7. Hi, Minai. It looks as though there's a lot of stuff I will have to read now. :)

    By the way, I believe that this clip contains child star Sridevi when she was about nine years old:

  8. filmizest - you were a big part of it! You and your sources, so good! :D

    Shakthi - Wow! Thank you so much for stopping by. Keep up the good work!

    Nicki - Tell me about it. I really wanna tweet Sirish about it but don't have the guts quite
    yet. :)

    Richard S. - Hello there! Oh goodness at that video- she is so young! I remember hearing that she was in this film vaguely a while back, but didn't make the connection that that was her! She's playing a boy! :) Thanks for sharing!


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