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Friday, February 18, 2011

India's First Talkie Film


India's first talkie film was Alam Ara (Light of the Universe). The film was released on March 14, 1931 at Majestic Cinema in Bombay. Alam Ara was made under the banner of Imperial Movietone. It was produced and directed by Ardeshir Marwan Irani. The film was based on a successful Parsi play of the same name, written by Joseph David. The star cast of Alam Ara included some of the popular stars of the silent era like Prithviraj Kapoor, L.V. Prasad, W.M. Khan, Master Vithal and Zubeida.

Alam Ara exploited the technological wonder of sound to the full. It had opulent sets and made rich use of music, song, and dance. Alam Ara had seven songs. The film took two months to complete. There were several technical hitches in sound recording. At that time there were no sound proof stages and most of the film was shot indoors and during night. Since the film was shot close to a railway track, the unit had to wait till the trains ceased to operate to begin the shoot.


  1. Excellent information provided.Very helpful to know about the history of Indian films.I want to thank from the debth of my heart.

  2. Who ever is the author of this blog commands respect for keeping the spirit of cinema alive in the eyes of the egomaniacal india.

  3. Oh.. Thanks a lot Sharang n Sumita... I am really glad to know that you people are interested in this blog.. definitely i'll keep adding n updating...

  4. Its great ! i did'nt think such a history it has . ..

  5. Great information about first talkie movie Alam Aara. And again thanks for its character names.
    thanks and keep it up....

  6. Just great information!!!!!!