TRIBUTE TO FIRST INDIAN TALKIE..'ALAM ARA'!
- Manoj Kulkarni
Zubeida & Master Vithal in 'Imperial Movietone's Ardeshir Irani's 'Alam Ara' (1931).
|Ardeshir Irani recording sound of 'Alam Ara' (1931).|
|Prithviraj Kapoor & Jillo in 'Alam Ara' (1931).|
Khan Bahadur Ardeshir Irani was one of the most important pioneers of our Indian Cinema! Earlier he directed 8 silent films..mostly mythological ('Veer Abhimanyu'/1922) and historical ('Shahjehan/1924).
In 1931 he made our India's first talkie film 'Alam Ara'! For this he handled the sound recording by using the Tanar Sound system. It was shot with the Tanar single-system camera which recorded sound directly on to the film!
Master Vithal & Zubeida in romantic scene of 'Alam Ara' (1931).
It cinematographed by Wilford Deming & Adi M. Irani and edited by Ezra Mir!..And the lead artists in our first talkie were Master Vithal, Zubeida, Jilloo, Sushila & Prithviraj Kapoor!
|Wazir Mohammed Khan singing in 'Alam Ara' (1931).|
It had music by Ferozshah M. Mistri & B. Irani...and total 7 songs were there..from which "De de khuda ke naam.." was the first song of Indian cinema..which was sung by Wazir Mohammed Khan who played fakir in it! Artists Zubeida & Jilloo also sung!
This our first talkie was successful and its music was hit! Unfortunately the film has long been lost and not available but I have seen the documentary made on 'Alam Ara' in the programme 'Celebrating 75 years of Indian Talkie' held at Mumbai decade ago!
|Ardeshir Irani checking print of 'Alam Ara' (1931).|
And glad to note that..the inaugural special issue of my film magazine 'Chitrasrushti' was on '75 Years of World Talkie' published in 2002!
Salute to master of Indian Talkie..Irani sahab!!
- Manoj Kulkarni