Old vintage Bollywood movie show cards & lobby cards from India mounted on cardboard
Highly collectible old Bollywood cinema showcards of the hit Hindi film Ram Balram (1980) for sale.
This is an actual surviving set of six old Bollywood cinema showcards of the 1980 film that featured two of the biggest superstars in Indian cinema of the time, Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra.
Printed and circulated somewhere during the original first release of the film, this fabulous set of old Bollywood cinema showcards was originally designed for publicity of the film inside a theater.
Showcards were used as pin ups on notice boards inside foyers of cinema halls. Printed on photo paper, they are mounted on cardboard to make them easy to display.
This rare surviving set of old Bollywood cinema showcards was actually issued to a cinema hall that screened the film Ram Balram, making it highly collectible!
This stunning set comprises six individual showcards, originally designed on canvas boards in hand painted format by the greatest and highest paid Bollywood movie poster artist of all time, Diwakar Karkare (owner of Studio Diwakar), further adding to its desirability and collectible quotient.
Artist Diwakar Karkare’s signature style and mastery over the paint brush is evident in the captivating artwork of these old Bollywood cinema showcards. Credited with designing most of Amitabh Bachchan’s old movies posters, Diwakar paints Amitabh’s face flawlessly using two different textures – one a more rugged and macho portrait in an action packed setting; and a second more softer style to capture him in his romantic best opposite Rekha in this stunning rare picture painted showcard. Villains Ajit, Amjad Khan and Prem Chopra are seen in stunning portraits on one of the showcards as well.
Released in 1980, Ram Balram starred Dharmendra as “Ram” and Amitabh Bachchan as “Balram.” Zeenat Aman and Rekha were paired opposite the two, while Ajit, Amjad Khan and Prem Chopra were cast as villains in the film. The film marked the third successful venture of Bollywood’s biggest superstars of the time, Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra, who previously were seen in Chupke Chupke and the cult classic, Sholay.
Ram Balram was released at the time when Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha’s rumored secret affair had received widespread publicity. In the following year, the cult romantic classic Silsila was released, making it the last film to feature Rekha opposite Amitabh Bachchan.
Old Bollywood still photo set of the cult Hindi film, Saaransh (1984) for sale.
This is an actual surviving set of eight old Bollywood lobby cards of the 1984 Hindi film directed by Mahesh Bhatt that starred Anupam Kher, Rohini Hattangadi, Soni Razdan, Madan Jain and Nilu Phule.
Saaransh marked the Bollywood debut of noted Indian actor Anupam Kher, who won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor for his remarkable performance in the film.
The film received widespread critical acclaim and was chosen as India’s official entry for the 1985 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, making this set of old Bollywood photos highly collectible!
Printed and circulated during the original first release of the film (early 1980s), this set of eight old Bollywood photo stills was designed and printed to be used for publicity of the film inside a cinema hall as lobby card display.
These old Saaransh Bollywood movie lobby cards were printed and issued to a cinema hall that actually screened the film. The four corners of the lobby cards feature punched holes and display tell tale sings of being pinned on the notice board of a movie theater.
Saaransh has left an indelible mark on Indian cinema and remains one of the few critically acclaimed films from the 1980s era. It bagged several awards including Filmfare Award for Best Actor (Anupam Kher) and Filmfare Award for Best Story (Mahesh Bhatt).
Old Bollywood movie still of the blockbuster Hindi film, Sharaabi (1984) for sale.
This is an actual surviving solo Bollywood lobby card of the 1984 film that featured the greatest superstar of Indian cinema, Amitabh Bachchan in the lead role.
Printed and circulated during the first release of the film (early 1980s), this original Bollywood movie still was designed and printed for publicity of the film inside a cinema hall.
This is a rare surviving solo Amitabh Bachchan movie still was actually issued to a cinema hall that screened the film Sharaabi, making it highly collectible!
Lobby cards were used as pin ups on notice boards inside the foyers of cinema halls. The corners of this rare surviving Amitabh Bachchan movie still displays visible pin holes – tell tale signs that it was pinned on the notice board of a cinema hall!
This amazing Amitabh Bachchan still has been taken from the unforgettable song, “Inteha Ho Gayi Intezaar Ki.”
Sharaabi (Drunkard) is a 1984 Hindi film produced and directed by Prakash Mehra. This was Prakash Mehra’s last hit and sixth in a row with superstar Amitabh Bachchan, the other five being Zanjeer, Hera Pheri, Muqaddar Ka Sikandar, Laawaris and Namak Halaal.
The movie stars Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Prada, Pran, Om Prakash and Ranjeet. The film’s blockbuster music was composed by Bappi Lahiri, for which he bagged several awards. Sharaabi became a silver jubilee “Blockbuster” at the box office and went on to be another mega hit of superstar Amitabh Bachchan. This was also one of Amitabh’s last films before he temporarily gave up acting to venture into politics.
Songs like “Inteha Ho Gayi Intezaar Ki” sung by Kishore Kumar & Asha Bhosle and “De De Pyaar De” by Kishore Kumar became a rage and continue to be played till today.
Superb old Bollywood movie stills of the hit Hindi film Mard (1985) for sale.
This is an actual surviving set of six vintage movie lobby cards of the 1985 classic, which featured the greatest superstar of Indian cinema, Amitabh Bachchan in the title role.
Printed and circulated a few years after the first release of the film (somewhere in the late 1980s / Early 1990s), these old Bollywood movie stills were printed for publicity of the film and were actually used inside a theater that screened Mard! The four corners of each lobby card feature punched holes and display tell tale sings of being displayed on the notice board of a movie theater.
These old Bollywood movie stills were originally designed by cutting out images of actors from separate still photographs (shot on set location) and pasting them on a board. The background and typography are hand drawn / hand painted, which makes these old Hindi movie stills an interesting mix of two very different design techniques.
This action packed old Bollywood lobby card set was originally designed as a still photo collage on a board by the greatest and highest paid Bollywood movie poster artist of all time, Diwakar Karkare. It is believed that Mard was one of the last Hindi films that Diwakar Karkare designed publicity material (posters, lobby cards & booklets) for, before eventually quitting the business and folding up his art studio (Studio Diwakar).
Diwakar Karkare’s original signature is seen at the bottom of each lobby card, making this set highly collectible.
These old Bollywood movie stills feature photographs taken from iconic scenes of the action packed film. Superstar Amitabh Bachchan is seen in various avatars on these lobby cards along with his romantic interest in the film, Amrita Singh.
These old Bollywood lobby cards were printed on glossy, thick photo paper and comes ready for display on a noticeboard (it features four punched holes, one on each corner for easy pinup).
Unlike old Indian cinema posters, vintage Bollywood movie lobby cards are smaller in size and usually cardboard mounted to make them sturdy enough to be displayed on a notice board. These cards were typically displayed in foyers and lobbies inside cinemas, and were generally issued in sets of 8, 12, 16, 20, etc. Most Hindi film lobby cards have punched holes on each of their four corners for easy pinup on a cinema notice board.
Mard (Macho Man) is a 1985 Hindi film starring the greatest superstar of Bollywoood, Amitabh Bachchan. Directed by Manmohan Desai, Mard was declared a hit and became the highest grossing film of 1985. It was subsequently remade in Tamil by Rajnikant as well as in Telugu.
The film is widely remembered for its dialogue, “Mard ko dard nahi hota” (A real man feels no pain). Songs from the film were moderately popular, with “Mard Tangewala” gaining widespread appeal.
Beautiful old still photos of the blockbuster Hindi film Mr. India (1987) for sale.
This is an actual surviving set of lobby cards designed and printed for the publicity of the 1987 cult classic, Mr. India. Directed by Shekhar Kapur, this blockbuster Bollywood movie featured Anil Kapoor in the title role, Sridevi as his leading lady and Amrish Puri as the greatest Bollywood villain of all time, Mogambo.
Mr. India holds the distinction of being one of the 100 greatest Indian films of all time.
Printed and circulated during the first release of the film (somewhere in the late 1980s), this vintage Bollywood movie lobby card set was made for publicity of the film and was actually used inside a theater that screened Mr. India! The four corners of the lobby cards feature punched holes and display tell tale sings of being pinned on the notice board of a movie theater.
This old lobby card set was originally designed by cutting out images of actors from separate still photographs (shot on set location) and pasting them on boards. The entire set comprises of ten individual stills. Each lobby card features still photographs taken from iconic scenes of the film.
In the first lobby card, Anil Kapoor is seen in an angry pose on the center of the lobby card wearing his trademark camping hat from the film. Villain Amrish Puri appears in his cult Mogambo avatar in a dungeon lit by red light, surrounded by armed guards.
In the second lobby card, Sridevi is seen in her “hunterwali” avatar wearing a somewhat action figure like outfit and carrying a whip in her hand. Bollywood’s all time greatest villain, Amrish Puri is seen in the character of Mogambo on the right hand side of the lobby card, seemingly delivering his iconic dialogue, “Mogambo khush hua.” Two missiles or rockets are seen taking off in the background.
In the third lobby card, Bollywood’s all time greatest villain, Amrish Puri is seen in the character of Mogambo on the left hand side of the lobby card, seemingly delivering his iconic dialogue, “Mogambo khush hua.” Almost the entire remaining cast, comprising lead actors Anil Kapoor and Sridevi, as well as supporting cast of Satish Kaushik (Calendar) and all the child actors are seen hiding towards the right of the poster from the climax scene of the film.
The fourth lobby card features still photos from one of Bollywood’s sexiest rain dance songs, “Kaate nahin kat te yeh din yeh raat.” Sridevi is seen in a stunning, sexy avatar wearing an iconic blue sari in this rare surviving lobby card of Mr. India.
In the fifth lobby card, Sridevi is seen in her iconic Charlie Chaplin “tramp” avatar, for which she received the highest praise from both critics as well as the audience. Her imitation of Charlie Chaplin’s “tramp” character in the film, which is considered one of the finest comedy scenes delivered by an actress in a Bollywood film, is seen pictured on this lobby card.
In the sixth lobby card, Anil Kapoor is seen wearing his trademark camping hat in a large cut out photo on the left of the lobby card. Towards the right, an iconic scene from the film is captured in a still photo. The memorable scene that features a flying statue of Hanuman fighting off villains (most notably Bob Christo) is depicted on this lobby card.
In the seventh lobby card, Anil Kapoor is seen in the foreground wearing his trademark camping hat. In the background, comedian Satish Kaushik who played the character of “Calendar” is seen along with the child artistes of the film.
In the eight lobby card, still photos from the hit song, “Karte hain hum pyar Mr. India se” are seen arranged on this lobby card, featuring the lead couple Anil Kapoor and Sridevi dancing in various romantic poses.
In the ninth lobby card, a still photo of Anil Kapoor (wearing his trademark camping hat) is seen on the center of the lobby card. The left and right portions of the lobby card depict two classic scenes from the film where Anil Kapoor appears in his iconic Mr. India avatar, i.e. invisible and rescues his ladylove Sridevi from the clutches of Mogambo’s villains/henchmen (Bob Christo is seen predominantly among them).
In the final lobby card, Sridevi is seen in her journalist avatar along with Annu Kapoor who plays the role of newspaper editor in the film. Anil Kapoor is seen wearing his iconic camping hat on the center of the lobby card.
Printed on glossy, thick photo paper, these lobby card was laminated shortly after printing and reflects signs of plastic aging.
Unlike vintage Bollywood posters, old movie stills are smaller in size and usually cardboard mounted to make them sturdy enough to be displayed on a notice board. These cards were typically displayed in foyers and lobbies inside cinemas, and were generally issued in sets of 4, 8, 12, 20, 25, etc. Most Hindi film lobby cards have punched holes on each of their four corners for easy pinup on a cinema notice board.
Mr. India is a 1987 landmark science fiction superhero Hindi film starring Anil Kapoor in the title role, Sridevi as his romantic interest and Amrish Puri as the unforgettable villain, Mogambo.
The film revolves around a sci-fi plot of a device that makes the wearer invisible. The lead character of the film uses the device to fight evil, gathering superhero status and earning the moniker, “Mr. India.”
Directed by Shekhar Kapur, Mr. India is considered as a cult classic in Indian cinema. Amrish Puri’s role in the film was his finest performance ever. One of his dialogues from the film, “Mogambo khush hua” (Mogambo is happy) became one of the most widely quoted dialogues in the history of Indian cinema. The character essayed by Amrish Puri in the film, “Mogambo” went on to become one of the best villains in Bollywood of all time. This was the last film that Bollywood’s best story writers Salim & Javed wrote together.
Mr. India catapulted actress Sridevi to the top and her performance in the film was praised so much that many wondered why the film wasn’t renamed “Miss. India” instead! Most notably, Sridevi’s iconic imitation of Charlie Chaplin’s tramp character in the film was declared as the finest comic act by an Indian actress in Bollywood. Her famous “Hawa Hawai” dance became so popular that it ended up being used often as a nickname for the actress.
Music composer duo Laxmikant Pyarelal gave the cult film unforgettable songs such as Hawa Hawaii (popularized further by Sridevi’s memorable performance in the song). Sridevi’s performance in the rain dance song “Kaate nahin kat te” has been rated as the sexiest ever in a Bollywood song, in which she is seen drenched in a blue saree.
Owing to its cult success and popularity, the film was later remade in Tamil & Kannada. Producer Boney Kapoor is reportedly planning a sequel to the film.