Alam Ara Google Doodle celebrates landmark in Indian Cinema
Through its doodle, Google recognises Alam Ara as a landmark movie in Indian cinema -- the first to feature sound. Alam Ara also holds the distinction for the first Indian movie to feature a song. Alam Ara was first screened at the Majestic Cinema in Bombay on March 14, 1931. It ran for two hours and four minutes, and used a Tanar Sound System to record the dialogues. 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 also essayed the role of the fakir in the film.