|Theatrical release poster|
Alam Ara (The Light of the World) was directed by Ardeshir Irani.
The film was inspired by the first movie version of Jerome Kern's Show Boat (1929), released by Universal Pictures.
Both the movie and its music were widely successful including the hit song De de khuda ke naam per, which was also the first song of the Indian cinema, and was sung by actor Wazir Mohammed Khan who played a fakir in the film. As playback singing had yet to start in Indian cinema, it was recorded live with musical accompaniment of a harmonium and a tabla.
|A scene from Alam Ara|
Ardeshir Irani handled the sound recording department, using the Taran Sound System. It was shot with the Tanar single-system camera, which recorded sound directly onto the film. Since there were no soundproof studios available at the time, the shooting was done mostly at night, to avoid daytime noises, with microphones hidden near the actors.
|Ardeshir Irani recording Alam Ara|
After the fire at National Film Archive of India, Pune, in 2003, which destroyed the last surviving prints of several classics such as Raja Harishchandra and Achhut Kanya, this film is no longer available in its original format.
The film had music by Ferozshah M. Mistri and B. Irani, and had seven songs:
|Newspaper advertisement for Alam Ara|
- De de khuda ke naam pe pyaare, taaqat ho gar dene ki, kuch chaahe agar to maang le mujhse himmat ho gar lene ki: Wazir Mohammed Khan
- Badla Dilbayega Ya Rabb tu Sitamgaron se: Zubeida
- Rutha Hai Asman gum ho gaya mahatab: Jillu
- Teri Katili nigahon ne mara
- De dil ko aaram aye saki gulfam
- Bhar bhar ke jam pila ja sagar ke chalane bala
- Daras bina mare hai tarse naina pyare
|Alam Ara still|
- SUBHADEEP KHAN
- ARITRA SUDAN SENGUPTA
- Abhijit Dey
- Apurba Goswami
- Ami Saha
- Shilabati Soren
- Subhajyoti Jana
|Master Vithal and Zubeida in Alam Ara|
|Directed by||:||Ardeshir Irani|
|Produced by||:||Imperial Movietone|
|Written by||:||Joseph David|
Urdu: Munshi Zaheer
|Music by||:||Ferozshah M. Mistri|
Adi M. Irani
|Editing by||:||Ezra Mir|
|Release date||:||March 14, 1931|
|Running time||:||124 mins|