The year 1931 will be remembered for the year in which
Hindi talkie was released. The movie was AALAM AARA with the following
Producer: Imperial Movietone, Bombay
Director: Ardeshir M. Irani
Music: Pirojshah Mistry
Screenplay: A. M. Irani
Dialogs: Joseph David
The main actors were
- Master Vitthal as hero,
- Zubeida as Aalam Aara, the heroine,
- Prithviraj Kapoor as the villain,
- W. M. Khan as the singing faqeer,
- Jagdish Sethi (the bad guy in "Phir Subah Hogi," with
Panjabi accent, who bothers Mala Sinha ).
Some day, when I have time, I will post the story of the movie!
The movie had seven songs and ran for seven weeks.
The very first song in the movie was the very first song in any
Hindi movie. The whole song is,
"de de khudaa ke naam pyaare taaqat ho gar dene ki,
kuchh chaahe agar to maang le mujhse himmat ho gar lene ki."
It was sung by Mr. W. Z. Khan, the first singer of a
Hindi movie song.
The movie was released on March 14, 1931 in Majestic cinema, Bombay.
A total of 24 talkies were released in 1931, with names
"Devi Devyaani", "Draupadi", "Harishchandra",
"Heer Ranjha" (which has music by Master Ali Baksh,
two "Laila Majnu's",
"Romantic Prince" (in which Mehboob was one of the
two "Shakuntalaa's", the Calcutta version having the
largest number of
songs, 42, so far,
"Sheereen Farhaad" (the second Hindi talkie, released on
May 31, along which the audience was treated to the first comedy short
film in Gujaraati, "Mumbayi Ni Shethaani"),
"Noorjahaan", a histotical, which was the first Indian
film in English,
"Third wife" and
"Trapped" (which had Durga Khote who sang three songs,
Seventeen of these movies were produced in Bombay (or
should I type
Mumbai, smiley,) and seven in Calcutta by one producer, Madan theaters.
NOTE: The above info comes from
1. the Encyclopaedia, volume 1, compiled by Mr. Har
"Hamraaz", published by Mrs. Satinder Kaur, his wife,
2. Listeners' Bulletin, a monthly, edited by Hamraaz
published by the Secretary, the Flying Listener's Club, Kanpur, and
3. Limca Book of Records, 1993 edition, edited by Vijaya
published by Bisleri Beverages Limited.
Surjit Singh, a movie fan period.
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