Amar Akbar Anthony


Extremely rare, original vintage Bollywood poster of the blockbuster Hindi film, Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)  for sale.

This is an actual surviving old Amitabh movie poster of the 1977 film that featured the greatest superstar of Indian cinema in the lead role along with Rishi Kapoor and Vinod Khanna.

Amar Akbar Anthony was the biggest blockbuster of 1977 and and won several awards at the 25th Filmfare Awards including Best Actor, Best Music Director and Best Editing, making this poster highly collectible.

Printed and circulated somewhere during the original first release run of the film (somewhere in the 1970s), this Amitabh Bachchan old movie poster was originally designed for publicity of the film but never ended up being used.

This hand painted Bollywood poster was originally designed on canvas by the greatest and most expensive Bollywood poster artist of all time, Diwakar Karkare, owner of Studio Diwakar. His printed signature is seen in white on the bottom left of the poster. This Amar Akbar Anthony film poster is a striking example of Diwakar Karkare’s mastery. Flawlessly executed, this hand painted Bollywood poster features a total of thirteen highly accurate portraits – all displaying amazing synergy and coherence with the overall design.

Superstar Amitabh Bachchan is seen in a superb hand painted rendition on the bottom, smoking a cigarette. Another striking portrait of Rishi Kapoor presumably in a dancing pose from the iconic song, “Parda Hai Parda” is seen on the right of the poster.

This vintage Bollywood poster has been professionally restored by an expert paper archivist. It has been backed on cotton using a thorough acid-free conservation and restoration process. Minor paper loss has been adequately filled which make no noticeable difference to the display quality of the poster when seen from a viewing distance.

Amar Akbar Anthony is a 1977 Bollywood blockbuster directed by Manmohan Desai. The film starred Amitabh Bachchan (as Anthony Gonsalves), Vinod Khanna (as Amar) and Rishi Kapoor (as Akbar). Amar Akbar Anthony was a golden jubilee at the box office and has been catapulted to cult status over the years, establishing itself as a landmark in the “Bollywood masala” genre. The film was ahead of its time, in that it was one of the first films to exploit merchandising to both generate revenues as well as publicity.

Songs from Amar Akbar Anthony composed by the music composer duo Laxmikant-Pyarelal became a rage throughout the nation. Tracks like “Parda Hai Parda” sung by Mohammed Rafi, “My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves” sung by Kishore Kumar and “Anhoni Ko Honi Karde” are fondly remembered and played till date.

Amar Akbar Anthony is remembered for one of superstar Amitabh Bachchan’s finest performances. The cult “band-aid mirror” scene is fondly remembered and reenacted by Amitabh till date in numerous interviews and reality show appearances.

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Film Amar Akbar Anthony
Release 1977
Cast Amitabh Bachchan, Vinod Khanna, Rishi Kapoor, Parveen Babi, Shabana Azmi, Neetu Singh, Nirupa Roy, Pran, Jeevan, Ranjeet & Helen
Print Date 1970s
Size 30″x20″ inches (Half sheet)
Condition ★★ Restored for Display
Rarity Very Rare
Folds Four
Artwork Hand painted / Hand drawn
Artist Diwakar Karkare
Art Studio Studio Diwakar
Printer Oriental Offset & Litho Works Bombay – Jagdish Photo Process
Material Paper backed on acid free cotton (using a specially formulated acid-free pasting mixture)
Frame Not included
Packing Rolled into unbreakable tube


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