Balan is a 1938 Malayalam film directed by S. Nottani. It was the third feature film (after Vigathakumaran and Marthanda Varma) and first talkie in Malayalam. Based on the short story “Vidhiyum Mrs. Nayarum” by A. Sundaram, its screenplay and dialogues are written by Muthukulam Raghavan Pillai. The film is a melodrama and was the first movie in this genre in Malayalam. It is produced by T. R. Sundaram of Modern Theatres, Salem.
The film, which stars K. K. Aroor, Master Madanagopal, M. V. Shanku, K. Gopinath, Alleppey Vincent, C. O. N. Nambiar, M. K. Kamalam, K. N. Lakshmi, Baby Malathi, A. B. Pious and Subhadra, is about the struggle of two orphaned children. German cinematographer Bado Gushwalker handles the camera while Varghese does the editing. Its music is composed by K. K. Aroor and Ibrahim. There are overall 23 songs in the film.
The film was a milestone in Malayalam film history, not only for being the second talkie, but also for being one of the first commercially successful films. Through the film, Alleppey Vincent became the first “speaking person” of Malayalam cinema, K. K. Aroor the first “speaking hero” and M. K. Kamalam the first “speaking heroine”. “Hello Mister” was the first recorded sound, which was in the voice of Alleppey Vincent.