Beautiful hand painted vintage Bollywood movie poster of the blockbuster Hindi film, Aradhana (1969) for sale.
Aradhana is responsible for catapulting Rajesh Khanna to success and turning him into an overnight sensation. This is the film that gave birth to the First Superstar of Hindi Cinema, making the poster highly collectible.
This is an actual surviving vintage poster of the 1969 romantic film that featured Rajesh Khanna, also referred to as the first or original superstar of Bollywood. In total, Rajesh Khanna appeared in over 100 movies as lead hero – an unbeatable record in Bollywood.
Printed and circulated during the release of the film in the late 1970s, this vintage movie poster was originally designed for publicity of the film but never ended up being used.
This poster was originally designed on a hand painted canvas by one of the most sough after Bollywood poster designers, C. Mohan. Aradhana is one of the best simplistic hand painted Bollywood movie posters ever designed, and is highly collectible.
Poster artist C. Mohan chooses a very simplistic approach to capture the chemistry between the lead couple of the film, as evident by the plain white background. The focus is entirely on the hand painted portraits of the stars Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore. The two appear with their eyes closed deeply in love. Simple flowers are used to accentuate the poster and lend it a romantic aura.
Artist C. Mohan’s original signature appears on the bottom left of the poster. The typography used in this poster is completely in Devanagari Hindi.
Aradhana (Worship) is a 1969 Hindi film directed by Shakti Samanta, starring Sharmila Tagore and Rajesh Khanna. It is believed to be a remake of the 1946 Hollywood film, “To Each His Own.”
Aradhana was declared best film of the year by Filmfare Awards. Sharmila Tagore won her first Filmfare Best Actress Award for the same role that won Olivia de Havilland her first Academy Award for Best Actress. The Film was a blockbuster at the box office becoming the highest grosser of 1969.
Originally released in Hindi and dubbed in Bengali, Aradhana’s huge success led to two subsequent remakes being made in Telugu and Tamil.
The soundtrack of the film has been composed by the greatest Bollywood music composer of all time, S. D. Burman, with lyrics by Anand Bakshi. It is believed that SD Burman became ill midway while composing music for the film, and his son R. D. Burman took over. RD Burman decided to use Kishore Kumar for the songs “Roop Tera Mastana” and “Mere Sapno Ki Rani” both of which turned into blockbuster hits and are played till today. Another track from the film, “Kora Kagaz Tha Yeh Man Mera” sung by Kishore Kumar & Lata Mangeshkar became a rage throughout the nation.