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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!

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Not only am I very fortunate to work in an office where my co-workers are some of the best people around, but they kindly tolerate my peculiar tastes in films, music, and, well, most everything. I am also very fortunate to have a great work space. My cubicle is unusually roomy and is placed up against two full walls, which gives me ample opportunity to celebrate my Bollywood love

 

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To the right of where I sit hangs a Bollywood calendar so that I can keep track of the days.

 

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Each year I search out a calendar devoted to Hindi films. My 2012 calendar is made up of colorful portrait photos of yesteryear actresses like Nirupa Roy and Shyama, although several of the actresses are, unfortunately, not identified. This calendar was a change from my previous calendars which were filled with images of Bollywood film posters.

 

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To the left of my desk is a 20 x 30 poster from the 1946 Fearless Nadia/John Cawas stunt film FLYING PRINCE. I actually have two copies of the poster. This particular one was somewhat damaged, so I decided I might as well stick it in a frame and put it on display.

 

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I have a large collection of old Hindi film posters sitting at home, so it was nice to have this big wall to display some of my favorites.

 

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My work area can be viewed by the public (on the rare occasion that anyone trots up to our second floor office), so I tried hard to find posters that would be suitable for the workplace…”No sex, no violence,” said my boss…of course, those are the two things film posters are usually full of… but, this cute 20 x 30 poster from DIL TERA DEEWANA (1962) fit the bill perfectly. With Mala Sinha’s face prominently displayed and Shammi Kapoor holding a big red “dil,” it is absolutely “office friendly.” Plus, you have the added fun of Mehmood and Shubha Khote, the film’s comedy relief pair,  also pictured on it.

 

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This 20 x 30 SHEESH MAHAL (1950) poster is a melodramatic winner. I love the face “cut-outs” of the film’s stars Sohrab Modi and Nigar Sultana, and then you have Pran featured in the bottom corner with his famous smirk.

Lastly, the piece de resistance, a 30 x 40 from one of my all time favorites, Homi Wadia’s colorful action film REPORTER RAJU!

 

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This was one of the first Bollywood posters I ever purchased, way back in the early 2000s. I had found an American company on the internet selling vintage Hindi film posters for, what seemed at the time, to be a fairly reasonable price..now, of course, I realize that it was quite overpriced! They had this poster listed as being in mint condition, so I snapped it up. It was not mint, however…it was ripped and split in half and practically crumbling. You live and learn.

A year later I was able to obtain a very good condition copy of this same poster, as well as the 20 x 30 version, which has a slightly different design, from a dealer in India. Still, I had this mess of a poster on my hands which I couldn’t bear to throw out, so I taped it together as best I could and stuck it in this frame. You can hardly tell it is in several pieces. At least from several paces back.

 

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Well, thanks for joining me on this little tour. Perhaps it will give you some ideas for your own cubicle or office! Don’t forget to also place issues of Filmfare or Stardust magazine in the waiting area, and try to talk your boss into switching the elevator muzak to Kishore Kumar / Lata Mangeshkar duets. It will surely add to the ambiance.

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