Original vintage hand painted Bollywood poster of the hit Hindi film Johny Mera Naam (1970) for sale.
This is an actual surviving old Bollywood poster of the 1970 film that featured the evergreen superstar of Indian cinema, Dev Anand in the lead role opposite dream girl Hema Malini.
Printed and circulated during the first release of the film (somewhere in the late 1960s / early 1970s), this Dev Anand movie poster was printed for publicity of the film but never ended up being used.
This Dev Anand film poster was originally designed on a hand painted canvas by the best portrait artist in India, SM Pandit. The poster bears the printed signature of SM Pandit in the name of his art studio, i.e. “Studio SM Pandit” on the top right hand corner.
In this superbly hand painted Bollywood poster, SM Pandit’s flair for realism is strikingly apparent. Dev Anand is seen in a stunningly realistic portrait (wearing his trademark muffler) smoking a cigarette behind bars. Dreamgirl Hema Malini is seen in a beautiful portrait on the top. Comedian I.S. Johar is seen at the bottom dressed as a police constable. Typography used in this vintage Bollywood poster is completely in English.
Johny Mera Naam (My Name is Johny) is a 1970 Hindi film starring Dev Anand and Pran in the lead roles as brothers separated during childhood. The film is considered a Dev Anand classic and was the highest grossing Bollywood film of 1970s.
The film is remembered till date for its blockbuster song, “Pal Bhar Ke Liye” sung by Kishore Kumar and picturized on Dev Anand and Hema Malini. The song is believed to be used at the end of The Simpsons episode Kiss Kiss, Bang Bangalore in 2006.
Dev Anand is considered one of the greatest actors in Indian cinema, with a career spanning over 65 years during which he appeared in over 100 films as lead actor.