Just as Hollywood is related to American Cinema and Bollywood to Hindi cinema, Sandalwood is the name given in relation to Kannada cinema. Gandhinagar in Bengaluru is the seat of Kannada cinema. Today more than a hundred films are made in Kannada, a few Tulu, Konkani, Kodava and Banjara films have also been made till now. There are about 650 cinema halls in Karnataka but one of the limitations of Kannada cinema is that it has a very much limited market outside of Karnataka.
The first talkie in Kannada, Sati Sulochana was released in 1934; just three years after the first Hindi or Tamil talkie release in India. In the same year another Kannada talkie was released by name- Bhaktha Dhruva, both the productions were grand successes. The bane for the first movie makers in Kannada was that there were no facilities available in Karnataka to make movies indigenously. Both of the first movies in Kannada were shot, filmed, sound-recorded and post- produced outside Karnataka, there was a general lacking of studio facilities and technical crew members were not readily available in Karnataka.