Today we are going to tell about that film which remained only a part of history. We are not just going to answer the question, which was the first talkie film of India? Rather, he is also going to tell about his unsolved stories. Do you know that this historical was such a film about which you can only read, but cannot see it. Why can’t you see him? Read the full article to know.
Which was the first talkie film of India
The name of India’s first talkie film was ‘Alam Ara’. The knock of films speaking from dumb films took place on 14 March 1931. Directed by Ardeshir Irani, Alam Ara was released on the same day at the Majestic Cinema Hall in Mumbai. Although before this Dadasaheb Phalke, the father of Indian cinema, had also made many efforts to give voice in films, but he did not get success. Firoz Rangoonwana, a well-known critic with a keen understanding of the history of films, met Ardeshir Irani, director of Alam Ara, in the 1950s.
The film became so popular that the help of the police had to be sought to control the crowd. Both the film and its music were widely successful, with the film’s song “De De Khuda Ke Naam Par”, which was also the first song in Indian cinema.
It was sung by actor Wazir Mohammad Khan, who played the role of a fakir in the film. That character became very famous. Since playback singing was not introduced in Indian films at that time, the song was recorded live with the accompaniment of harmonium and tabla music. Now you know, which was the first talkie film of India. But further we also need to know about the story of this film and the problem faced in making the film.
What is the story of Alam Ara movie
Almara is the love story of a prince and a Banjaran girl. It is based on a Parsi play written by Joseph David. Joseph David later worked as a writer for Irani’s film company. The film stars a king and his two quarrelsome wives Dilbahar and Navbahar. The quarrel between the two escalates when a fakir predicts that Navbahar will give birth to the king’s successor.
An enraged Dilbahar pleads with Adil, the chief minister of the state, for revenge, but Adil rejects his offer. Enraged, Dilbahar puts Adil in jail and his daughter Almara throws him out. Almara is reared by Banjaras.
When she is young, Almara returns to the palace and falls in love with the prince. In the end Dilbahar is punished for his actions, Rajkumar and Almara get married and Adil is released.
Who was the producer of the first talkie film
Ardeshir Irani was the producer of this first talkie film “Alam Ara”. Irani and his team, Imperial Studio, imported tenor-single system cameras from abroad. At the time when Ardeshir Irani was making Alam Ara, companies like Krishna Movietone, Madan Theaters were also trying to make talkie films. Irani wanted to finish the shooting of ‘Alam Ara’ as soon as possible so that her film becomes India’s first talkie film. In this way Ardeshir Irani became the producer of the first Bolti film.
First talking film problem
Firoz Rangoonwala told that there were many problems in the shooting of the film. There were many voices around which were recorded simultaneously. In such a situation, it was very difficult to shoot during the day. Most of the actors in the film belonged to the era of silent films. In such a situation, he did not have much knowledge about the technique of working in a spoken film. He was taught to speak on the mic for hours. They were told how to clean their tongue. Shooting with a Tanor single system camera would have been a major problem. Sound and picture will be recorded on the same track. So the actors had to give the shot in a single take.
Why can’t India’s first talkie film be watched
At that time the negatives of the film did not last long. Very limited prints of the film “Alam Ara” were made. At that time there was no such organization as Film Archive. When studio culture began to die out, prints of films were sold to junkyards for a penny as something else was being built in those studio buildings. Thus this historical film of Indian cinema has no print and is now remembered only through photographs.
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