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.
Set of six old Bollywood movie showcards of the hit Hindi film, The Great Gambler (1979) for sale.
This is an actual surviving vintage Bollywood showcard set of the 1979 thriller that featured the greatest superstar of Indian cinema, Amitabh Bachchan in the lead role.
Printed and circulated during the first release of the film (late 1970s), this set of original Bollywood showcards was designed and printed for publicity of the film inside a cinema hall.
This is a rare surviving complete set of showcards that was actually issued to a cinema hall that screened the film, making it highly collectible!
Showcards were used as pin ups on notice boards inside the foyers of cinema halls. The corner of each showcard would be punched with a ring hole to allow cinemas to pin them up on notice boards with ease.
This beautiful collection of six different showcards from the hit Amitabh Bachchan movie, The Great Gambler features an interesting collage of photographic artwork. Each individual showcard has a combination of photographic stills taken from key scenes and songs in the film.
The Great Gambler is a 1979 Bollywood thriller directed by Shakti Samanta, starring Amitabh Bachchan, Zeenat Aman and Neetu Singh. This Amitabh movie was a hit at the box office owing largely to key scenes shot at expensive foreign locations as well as its gripping plot based on international gangsters, spies and secret agents.
The song “Do Lafzon Ki Hai Dil Ki Kahaani” shot on a moving Gondola in Venice’s Grand Canal was a stellar success and is 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.