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A  beautiful, but unusually provocative poster for the 1954 film ANGARAY starring Nargis and Nasir Khan. Evidently the artwork must have been created before Nasir was confirmed to play the hero, as his name is nowhere to be seen.

 

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Tired of mass produced wall-art? Bollywood posters are the new way to decorate your home environment!

Over the years I have collected a large amount of Hindi film posters which are, unfortunately, stored away in containers, rarely to be enjoyed…until now! A few years ago I decided to spruce up my apartment  and so I dug out a few of the 20 x 30 sized posters (the easiest size to find frames for), hung ’em up,  and here you can see the result.

 

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No matter your room’s color scheme or style, you can find Bollywood posters to match. For my living room I chose three unrelated, but marvelous, posters to sit above my sofa.

 

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As you can see, I am particularly attracted to film posters from the 1950s/60s. From left to right they are: Basant Pictures’ mythological Chandrasena (1959), Filmistan’s romantic thriller Nagin (1954), and Fine Art Pictures’ 1966 fantasy Jadoo.

 

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On this wall are some fun lobby cards from one of my favorite films, Wadia Brothers’  Zimbo Comes to Town (1960), which of course co-stars this blog’s namesake, Pedro The Ape Bomb.

 

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Both lobby cards have a nice art deco and mid century modern look to them, which I really like.

 

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The cards also feature nice shots of the cast: Azad, Chitra, Shammi Aunty, Bhagwan, and of course, Pedro The Ape Bomb.

 

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Moving into the dining room I have a gorgeous poster from the 1954 swashbuckler Saltanat which stars Manhar Desai and Shyama.

 

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Here is a closer look.

 

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In the hallway you’ll find my holy grail of Bollywood posters, director Akkoo’s Gorilla (1953). 

The very first pieces of Bollywood memorabilia I ever bought were lobby cards from Gorilla, and the film has fascinated me ever since. Last year, two different posters from the film showed up on Ebay and I grabbed ’em both! This is the 20 x 30 poster. The other poster I have is a 30 x 40, and it has completely different, yet just as awesome, graphics.

 

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Checking out my office area.

Of course, this spot does not normally looks this neat…I had to tidy up before taking this snap, and as you can see I actually just pushed the debris over to the side.

 

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It is no coincidence that a majority of the posters displayed, as well as about half of what makes up my collection, are from the films of Homi Wadia. I love Wadia Brothers/Basant films, and their posters were always great. Here are some fine examples: Zimbo Comes to Town (1960) starring Azad and Chitra (and Pedro the Ape Bomb), Zimbo Finds a Son (1966) starring Azad, Tabassum, and Master Sachin (and Pedro the Ape Bomb)….

 

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….and Atom Bomb (1947) starring John Cawas and Sona Chatterjee.

 

Now to the other side of my office, which doubles as a bedroom.

 

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The poster on the right is from Basant Pictures’ 1949 mythological Veer Ghatotkachh.  It is one of my favorite posters.

 

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The graphics on mythological posters of the 50s and 60s are always so nice. I might one day swap out all of the film posters in my apartment and replace them with ones from mythologicals.

 

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On the corner wall is my “Bollywood Beefcake” display featuring a lobby card from Dara Singh: Iron Man (1964),  an 11 x 18 poster from Zimbo (1958), and a calendar page featuring Sunil Shetty (from back when he still had chest hair).

So there you have it, a completely Bollywood-ized apartment! You can often find Bollywood posters inexpensively on Ebay, so give it a try. New ones or old ones, they make fine decor for any home!

From an old issue of Filmindia magazine, the caption for this publicity photo of Bharat Bhusan and Usha Kiran from the (evidently unreleased) movie Dharti-ke-Bhagwan cracks me up.

It was a cloudy Sunday so I chose to spend it inside plopped down in front of the television watching old mythologicals. One was the 1975 film Maya Machhendra starring Abhi Bhattacharya as Sage Machhendra, Kanan Kaushal as Tilottama, and Master Satyajeet as Ghoraknath. Here is a magazine advert for the 1940 film Alakh Niranjan which takes off where the legend of Maya Machhendra ends, with the further adventures of Ghoraknath, the young disciple of sage Machhendra.

The director of Alakh Niranjan is Bhal G. Pendharkar who made quite a few mythologicals over the course of his five decade career which began during the silent era. He was the elder brother of actor Baburao Pendharkar, who appeared in several of his films including Vande Matram Ashram (1926), Voice from the Sky (1934), Bhakta Damaji (1942), Valmiki (1946), and Shilanganache Sone (1949), and he was half-brother to actor/director Master Vinayak who also worked in a few of his films. The female lead in Alakh Niranjan is Leela, Bhal Pendharkar’s wife, and a busy actress of the 1930s and 40s.

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Over the course of India’s film history, hundreds of movies were released in any given year. But what about those pictures which were started but never completed? Or those that were completed but which sat on the shelf, never to see the light of day? Then there are the productions which were announced in the trades or on the back of press books but never got further than a advertising artists’ rendering ? I don’t know which category Cosmopolitan Films’ Daughter of the Sea fits but this ad, which appeared in the July 1945 issue of The Talkie Herald, makes me think that we are all the worse off for it never having seen a theatrical release.

It would appear that this was to be Cosmopolitan Films’ maiden voyage, as I can find no information about the studio prior to this announcement…nor, for that matter, after. It certainly does make one wonder who might have been in the “all star cast”, though. Personally, I am picturing Baburao Pehalwan or Benjamin supplying the “hair raising stunts beneath the sea” ably helped by Shanta Patel as the love interest and co-hair raiser. Surely, Bhagwan or Agha would have brought the comedy relief.  What do you think?

 

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Among my favorite filmi ads is this one for the 1954 comedy Chalis Baba Ek Chor starring Kamini Kaushal (who also produced). Cute and colorful, you just know this has got to be one fun film!

Just as much fun is this song from the film, “Teriy Teriya” which you can listen to here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ehvwebv8OU8

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