Bollywood cards for sale: Sharara (1984).

This is an actual surviving original vintage Bollywood showcard of the 1984 Hindi film co-produced by the “Dreamgirl” of Bollywood Hema Malini who also starred in a double role in the film.

Directed by S.V. Rajendra Singh and co-produced by RJ Chakravarti, Sharara (1984) also starred Raaj Kumar, Shatrughan Sinha, Mithun Chakraborty, Tina Munim, Vijayendra Ghatge, Ranjeet, Shakti Kapoor and Kader Khan.

An action packed drama featuring a stellar start cast, Sharara is believed to be inspired by the 1980 political thriller novel, “The Second Lady” written by Irving Wallace.

Printed and circulated during the debut release of the film in theaters (somewhere in 1984), this old Bollywood cards poster of the movie Sharara was originally designed for publicity of the film inside the foyer of a cinema.

Bollywood 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 old Bollywood showcard was actually issued to a cinema hall that screened the film Sharara in 1984, making it highly collectible!

This old Bollywood cards poster of the movie Sharara was originally designed using both hand painted as well as photographic collage techniques by the greatest and highest paid Bollywood poster artist of all time, Diwakar Karkare of Studio Diwakar fame. His printed signature is seen on the bottom left.

The illustration captures Bollywood poster art at its finest. True to Diwakar’s command over the paint brush, this Bollywood cards poster features three stunning hand painted portraits prominently at the center. Hema Malini is seen flanked by Raaj Kumar and Shatrughan Sinha, all painted in striking detail.

Mithun Chakraborty and Tina Munim are seen posing together from a scene in the film on the bottom right of this Sharara poster showcard. Another still photo featuring Shatrughan Sinha and Hema Malini is seen on the top left. An army along with barbed wire is painted in the background.

The title appears at the bottom in a catchy yellow font. Typography used in this Bollywood cards poster is entirely in English.

The soundtrack album of Sharara was composed by the hit duo Laxmikant-Pyarelal, while lyrics were written by Anand Bakshi. Two songs from the film became very popular at the time of it’s release, namely “Shabnam Ka Yeh Katra Hai” sung by Lata Mangeshkar and “Maine Kiya, Tumne Kiya” sung by Asha Bhosle and Suresh Wadkar.

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Film Sharara (Sometimes also spelled as “Sharaara” or “Shararaa.” English translation: “Spark or “Long Embroidered Ethnic Skirt”)
Release 1984
Cast Raaj Kumar, Shatrughan Sinha, Hema Malini, Mithun Chakraborty, Tina Munim, Ranjeet, Shakti Kapoor, Kader Khan & Vijayendra Ghatge
Print Date 1984
Size 27″x19″ inches (Approximately half sheet size)
Condition As Is
Rarity Very Rare
Folds Zero
Artwork Hand painted / Hand drawn & Photographic collage
Art Studio Studio Diwakar
Artist Diwakar Karkare
Material Cardboard
Frame Not included
Packing Flat package


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