Who was the producer of the first Bollywood film?
(A) Madhur Bhandarkar
(B) B. R. Chappy
(c) Ismat Chughtai
(d) Ardeshir M. Irani
Answer: (d) Ardeshir M. Irani.
Which of these artists was not in ‘Alam Ara’?
(A) Sohrab Modi
(B) Prithviraj Kapoor
(c) Jagdim Sethi
(d) K. l. Sehgal
Answer: (d) K. l. Sehgal.
Who was the actor of the film ‘Madhuri’?
Answer: (B) Sulochana.
How much was the film ‘Alam Ara’?
(a) five thousand feet
(b) ten thousand feet
(c) Pendrarah thousand feet
(d) twenty thousand feet
Answer: (B) ten thousand feet
In which cinema hall was the film ‘Alam Ara’ screened?
Answer: (A) Majestic
Which was the country’s first talking film?
(A) Alam Ara
(d) Mother India
Answer: (a) Alam Ara.
When was the first talking film screened?
(A) On May 14, 1947
(B) On May 14, 1931
(c) January 14, 1930
(d) March 14, 1931
Answer: (D) on March 14, 1931
Who wrote ‘When cinema taught us a lesson’?
(A) Subhash Gatade
(B) Pradeep Tiwari
(c) Arvind Kumar Singh
(d) Ramdarsh Mishra
Answer: (B) Pradeep Tiwari.
Who was the playback singer in the film ‘Alam Ara’?
(A) Stars Lal Sehgal
(B) W. M. Khan
(c) Kamal Barot
Answer: (B) W. M. Khan.
Who was the hero and actor of the film ‘Alam Ara’?
(A) Nayak K. l. Sehgal and actor Suraiya
(B) Hero Surendra, actor Madhu
(c) Hero Vitthal, Actor Zubaida
(d) K. l. Sehgal
Answer: (C) Hero Vitthal, Actor Zubaida
Multiple choice questions based on passage
The filmmaker who made the first talkie film Alam Ara was Ardeshir M. Irani. Ardeshir watched another Hollywood film ‘Show Boat’ in 1929 and developed a desire to make a talking film. He based the script of his film on a popular play of Parsi theatre. Many songs of this play were taken in the film as is. In an interview, Ardeshir had said in that speaker – ‘We did not have any dialogue writer, no composer, no musician.’ All this had to begin. Ardeshir made a film for ‘Swayam Ki Dhuniya Chaubiyan’. Three instruments – tabla, harmonium and violin – were used in the music of the film. The name of the composer or writer was not included independently in Alam Ara. W became the first background singer in this film. M. Khan’s first song was- ‘De de khuda ke naam paare pyare, agar de do to takt hai.’
Who was the filmmaker who made the first talking film?
(A) Prithviraj Kapoor
(B) Ibrahim Khan
(c) Basu Bhattacharya
(d) Ardeshir M. ‘Irani’
Answer: (d) Ardeshir M. Irani.
What was the name of the first talking film?
(a) rainy night
(B) The first spoken film was ‘Alam Ara’
(d) Sun of India
Answer: (B) The first Swaak film was ‘Alam Ara’
Whose tunes were composed for this film?
(A) Ghulam Ali
(c) Ardeshir made his own forged keys
(d) Kalyan ji Anand ji
Answer: (c) Ardeshir played his own tunes.
Which musical instruments were used in this film?
(A) Tabla, harmonium and violin
(B) Sarangi, Santoor and Dholak
(c) Shehnai, Veena and Tabla
(d) Mridangam, Nakkara and flute
Answer: (a) Tabla, harmonium and violin.
Who was the first playback singer?
(A) Pankaja Rajkumar
(B) Kundan Lal Sehgal
(d) W. M. Khan
Answer: (d) Double. M. Khan.
The film was released on March 14, 1931 at the ‘Majestic’ Cinema in Mumbai. The film ‘Housefull’ ran for 8 weeks and the crowd gathered so much that it became difficult for the police to control it. Critics called it a ‘grotesque fantasy’ film but for the audience the film was a unique experience. The film was 10 thousand feet long and was made with four months of hard work.
In which cinema hall the movie ‘Alam Ara’ was screened?
(c) ‘Alam Ara’ film screened in ‘Majestic’ cinema hall
Answer: (c) The film ‘Alam Ara’ was screened in ‘Majestic’ cinema hall.
For how many weeks did this film ‘Housefull’ run?
(A) up to 8 weeks
(b) up to 5 weeks
(c) up to 7 weeks
(d) up to 4 weeks
Answer: (a) Up to 8 weeks.
What’s the problem with ‘Housefull’?
(A) there was a fight
(b) pad showing the film several times
(c) It had become difficult to sell tickets.
(d) It was difficult for the police to control the crowd.
Answer: (D) It was difficult for the police to control the crowd.
How much was the earning of the film ‘Alamara’?
(a) 1 thousand feet long
(b) 10 thousand feet long
(c) 12 thousand feet long
(d) 11 thousand feet long
Answer: (B) 10 thousand feet long.
What kind of film did the critics call ‘Alam Ara’?
(A) This film was employed
(B) This film was branded as ‘fantasy’
(c) termed this film entertaining
(d) How to make this film
Answer: (B) This film was described as a gaudy fantasy.
When cinema learned to speak for the first time, there was a need for educated actors and actresses to work in cinema because now dialogues were also spoken, acting alone was not going to suffice. In the era of silent films, it was possible to make do with actors with wrestler-like bodies, stunt performers and jumpers. Now we had talked to him and started appreciating his singing talent. Therefore, after ‘Alam Ara’, many ‘singer-actors’ started appearing on a large scale in the films of the cultural ‘Sawak’ era. The importance of Hindi-Urdu sea increased. In cinema, instead of the language of words and technology, the nature of popular culture was released. Cinema was mostly desi. A kind of new freedom in our daily and public life helped the studios to emerge in a better market in films.
‘Now what kind of actors is needed in cinema?
(a) all types
(b) song singers
(c) The need for educated actors and actresses has started.
(d) which is very beautiful to look at
Answer: (C) The need for educated actors and actresses has started.
Now the need for educated actors and actresses has started in cinema.
How were the artists working in the era of silent films?
(A) Artists of all types
(B) Only good conversationalists
(c) good acting
(d) Wrestler-like body, stooping and jumping
Answer: (d) Having a wrestler like body, strokes and jumps.
Now the urgency of which task had increased?
(A) now had to communicate and also sing
(b) had to stroke
(c) was only singing
(d) Had to bounce-coddle
Answer: (a) Now there was communication and singing also.
Which type of language increased in importance in films?
(A) of steep dialect
(B) The importance of the popular Arab-Hindi sea coast increased.
(d) Scientist of Hindi
Answer: (B) The importance of popular Urdu-Hindi Samudra increased.
What started emerging in the films?
(a) matter of history
(b) matter of entertainment
(c) matter of Education
(d) Reflection of our daily and public life
Answer: (d) Reflection of our daily and public life.