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Rail over - bridge at Kodambakkam
Location of Kodambakkam
in Chennai and India
Coordinates 13°02′53″N 80°13′17″E / 13.0481°N 80.2214°E / 13.0481; 80.2214
Country  India
State Tamil Nadu
District(s) Chennai District
Subdistrict Mambalam - Guindy Taluk
Parliamentary constituency Chennai South
Assembly constituency Theagarayanagar (T Nagar)
Planning Agency CMDA
Civic agency Chennai Corporation
Zone ZONE 9 - Saidapet Zone
Ward Ward No. 130 (Kodambakkam North) & Ward No. 131 (Kodambakkam South)
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Website Chennai District website

Kodambakkam (Tamil: கோடம்பாக்கம்) is a residential neighbourhood in the city of Chennai in Tamil Nadu, India. It is famed as the centre of the Tamil film industry known as Kollywood.



Kodambakkam is situated at 13.0481 N latitude and 80.2214 E longitude. It is one of the westerly located neighbourhoods of Chennai city. It is bounded by the neighbourhoods of Nungambakkam to the east and West Mambalam and T. Nagar to the south. It is bounded by Vadapalani to the west and K. K. Nagar and Ashok Nagar to the south-west.

Kodambakkam is located at a distance of 8 kilometres from Fort St. George.


The neighbourhood of Kodambakkam has a history going back to about 2,000 years. During the period of the Pallavas and the Later Cholas, the western part of Kodambakkam formed a portion of the historically important temple town of Vadapalani. One of the oldest temples in Kodambakkam is the Bharthukesavar temple which is over 500 years old.

Present-day Kodambakkam originated in the 17th and 18th centuries AD, when it supposedly served as source for the horses of the stable of the Nawab of the Carnatic. It is believed that the name "Kodambakkam" itself might have been derived from the Urdu word Ghoda Bagh meaning "garden of horses".

Under the British, Kodambakkam was administered as a municipality in Chingleput district till the draining of the Long Tank in 1921, when Kodambakkam was incorporated into the Madras city and formed the Kodambakkam-Saligrammam-Puliyur district of Greater Madras along with other localities to the west of the now extinct Long Tank, with a population of 497 people in 1939. Kodambakkam also played an important role in the Anti-Hindi agitations of 1938 when Maraimalai Adigal presided over a conference denouncing the imposition of Hindi in the Madras Presidency on June 3, 1938.[1]

The first movie studio was established by Avichi Meiyappa Chettiar in 1948. Since then, a number of other movie studios have been established, notable among them being L. V. Prasad Studios and Vijaya Vauhini studios.


Kodambakkam is the centre of the Tamil film industry known as KOLLYWOOD, a portmanteau of Kodambakkam and Hollywood. A. V. M. Studios established by Avichi Meiyappa Chettiar was the first movie studio to be established in Kodambakkam. The Vijaya Vauhini Studios was established a little later followed by Prasad Labs in 1974. Today, most of the Tamil movie studios and located in and around Kodambakkam.

Residences of most film and television stars are located in and around Kodambakkam due to proximity to the movie studios. Film directors colony situated in Kodambakkam is the home for many Tamil film directors and producers. Chennai's red light district is also rumored to be centred around Kodambakkam.


Some of the important localities of Kodambakkam include:

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Kodambakkam (Tamil: கோடம்பாக்கம்) is a successful Tamil movie directed by Jagan.

On Kalaignar TV the movie Kodambakkam was given credit for its wonderful story. The movie was said to be equal with Ajith Kumar's big hit Mugavari (Tamil: முகவரி).

The star of the movie Nandha made his debut in the movie Mounam Pesiyadhe as Surya Sivakumar's friend. The movie received many awards including best debut actor for Nandha.





The producer of this movie is V.S Satheesan. The film became a big hit. He used AAA Productions to help him. The director Jagan had already directed a movie. In addition he directed Joseph Vijay`s movie Puthiya Geethai. Unfortunately the earlier film did not do well.


The team which was used in this movie were people who had been in other big movies. The cinematographer was U.K Senthilkumar who had also been involved in Rajnikanth's movie Arunachalam. Jagan assisted with Cheran's movies such as Vetri Kodi Kattu. The producer V.S Satheesan had been involved in cinema for 1 year only and this was his first movie.



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