This is 2019 and naturally, we have some of the most sophisticated equipment to produce movies. However, years ago, when films were at their nascent stage, filmmakers didn’t have access to such machinery. Yet, their productions remain immortalised thanks to their path-breaking content that was way ahead of its time. One such film was Alam Ara, a talkie that was released 88 years ago. The first film created in India was Dadasaheb Phalke’s Raja Harishchandra, released in 1913. It has been 103 years since then and Indian cinema has come a long way. Here are some facts related to Alam Ara, the first Indian talkie.
Alam Ara was not only the first Indian talkie, but it also introduced to India its first playback singer. Wazir Mohammad Khan sang the track De De Khudake Naam Pe for the film. He even acted in the film.
First sound film debut for Prithviraj Kapoor
Prithviraj Kapoor was already a veteran silent film actor when Alam Ara was made. The film marked his debut into the sound era.
Google paid tribute to the film in their traditional way: dedicating a doodle to mark the film’s 80th anniversary.
There’s no copy
Behind the significant landmark that is Alam Ara, was the director, Ardeshir Irani. Unfortunately, there is no copy of the film available today.
As per reports, the National Archives of India does not have a copy of the film today. Times Now news reported the NFAI could not locate a copy until 1967. However, a fire broke out in 2003 at the Pune film archives and it resulted in the destruction of the copy.