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Alam Ara

 

Urdu, Historical Drama, 1931, B/W



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The ageing king of Kumarpur has two wives, Navbahar and Dilbahar. When a fakir predicts that Navbahar will bear the king's heir, Dilbahar tries to seduce the army chief, Adil, but is unsuccessful. In anger, she has him thrown to the dungeons and destroys his family leaving his daughter Alam Ara (Zubeida) to be brought up by nomads. Finally Alam Ara's nomad companions are the one who set everything straight as they break into the palace and expose Dilbahar and have Adil released from the dungeon. Finally, all ends well as Alam Ara marries the prince of the realm.



The film was made on the Tanar single-system camera recording image and sound simultaneously and released on March 14, 1931, the first Indian 'talkie'.

Director Mehboob Khan was considered at one point for the male lead before Master Vithal, a big star of the silent cinema, got the part. Ironically, his part had to be curtailed as it was found he could not speak Hindustani or Urdu properly.

It is also said that Zubeida got the heroine's role ahead of Imperial's top star, Sulochana, as the latter was not comfortable with the language.

The most popular song was the wandering mistrel song De De Khuda ke Naam par Pyare rendered 'live' in front of the camera by WM Khan.

Sadly, barring a few stills and a song booklet, nothing of Alam Ara exists today.


De De Khuda ke Naam par Pyare - WM Khan

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