Google Doodle dedicated to Alam Ara – First Indian movie with Sound!


Google does some wonderful things, and one that I am a big fan of, are their Google Doodles. The pictorial Doodle’s that are mostly dedications to significant events of the past or some form of current celebrations.

Today’s Google Doodle was a real surprise to me, as I did not expect Google to celebrate an event which probably, even lot of Indians have forgotten about.

Today’s Google Doodle is dedicated to Alam Ara, the first Indian movie to come out with sound. Today is the 80th anniversary of Alam Ara !

Alam Ara Google Doodle

And surprisingly, this Google Doodle does not only show up on Google’s Indian search engine (, but also on global homepage as well (

I am sure most readers would not know much of Alam Ara (yeah, I did not know about it too..) so, here is more on Alam Ara from Wikipedia:

Alam Ara {Hindi: ??????} (The Light of the World; 1931), directed by Ardeshir Irani, was the first Indian sound film


Irani recognized the importance that sound would have on the cinema, and raced to complete Alam Ara before several other contemporary sound films. Alam Ara debuted at the Majestic Cinema in Mumbai (then Bombay) on March 14, 1931. The first Indian talkie was so popular that "police aid had to be summoned to control the crowds."

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  1. Chetan Mathur says

    Dastan-A-Alam Ara short film based on first Indian Talkie was directed by me.

  2. dpi says

    Well. Appreciate Google for this.

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