Dungan the director

Print edition : January 10, 2014

Dungan directing Narasimha Bharathi and Madhuri Devi for "Ponmudi". Photo: by special arangement

Dungan watching a love scene in "Ambikapathy", starring M.K. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar and M.R. Santanalakshmi and produced by Salem Sankar Films of Salem at East India Film Co., Calcutta, in 1937. Photo: by special arrangement

Karan Bali (left) and R.V. Ramani shooting at The Modern Theatres Ltd in Salem. Dungan made his last two films, "Ponmudi" (1949) and "Manthirikumari" (1950), for Modern Theatres. Photo: by special arrangement

A documentary on the American film-maker Ellis R. Dungan, who made memorable films such as “Meera” and “Manthirikumari”and raised Tamil films from the level of photographed drama, brings out his passion for the medium.
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