|Awāra (sometimes spelled as Awara or Awaara) (English Translation: Vagabond or Tramp)
|Prithviraj Kapoor, Raj Kapoor, Nargis, Leela Chitnis, K.N.Singh & Shashi Kapoor
|40″x27″ inches (One sheet)
|★★★★ Near Mint
|Hand painted / Hand drawn
|Mimeray Afisleri 1500040 Istanbul
|Rolled into unbreakable tube
Awara movie poster for sale! Featured here is a very rare original Turkish edition Bollywood poster of one of the most spectacular Hindi films ever made in the history of Indian cinema, Awaara (1951).
Awaara is a 1951 blockbuster hit directed and produced by the “Showman of Indian cinema,” Raj Kapoor. The film featured him in a leading role opposite Nargis.
Listed here for sale is an actual surviving vintage Turkish movie poster of the cult Bollywood classic, Awaara. Printed and circulated during the release of the film in Turkey (somewhere in the 1970s), this Awara movie poster was originally designed for publicity of the film but never ended up being used.
In Turkey, Awaara released in 1955, selling over 100,000 tickets within the first week. Due to the film’s remarkable success with Turkish audiences, Awaara was remade in Turkey a total of eight times – the first and most prominent remake being Avare (1964).
Awaara was nominated for the Grand Prize of the Cannes Film Festival in 1953 and finds a place in the All-Time 100 greatest films list by Time, making this old Bollywood movie poster, highly collectible!
Raj Kapoor’s father Prithviraj Kapoor starred in Awaara as his on-screen father, while his youngest brother Shashi Kapoor played the younger version of his character in a cameo. Further, Raj Kapoor’s grandfather Dewan Basheswarnath Singh Kapoor also played a cameo in Awaara – his only film appearance.
These family appearances made Awaara the only film in the history of Indian cinema that had many generations of the Kapoor family starring together on screen. The film is considered to be Raj Kapoor’s finest performance ever.
Raj Kapoor and Nargis had unbeatable chemistry together. Awaara, much like Raj Kapoor’s other films, showcased the sensuality and beauty of Nargis to perfection. Their onscreen chemistry is captured well in this Awara movie poster with a stunning hand painted portrait of Raj Kapoor and Nargis holding hands together on a beach. The two are seen smiling, wetting their feet in the waves.
The poster is set against a soothing blue sky background, with palm tree visible in the corner. Typography used in this poster is a mix of Turkish and English. The names of the lead couple, Raj Kapoor and Nargis appear in English on the top of this very rare Turkish Raj Kapoor movie poster.
Raj Kapoor’s “tramp” character in the film was influenced heavily by Charlie Chaplin. The film became a rage throughout South Asia and found overseas success primarily in the Soviet Union. After the widespread success of Awaara, Raj Kapoor carried this “tramp” character forward in subsequent films such as Shree 420.
The soundtrack album of Awaara was composed by Shankar Jaikishan, while lyrics were written by Shailendra and Hasrat Jaipuri. Songs from the film such as “Awara Hoon” (I am a Tramp) and “Ghar Aaya Mera Pardesi” became blockbuster hits, which are remembered and played till today. The album finds a permanent place on the list of 100 Greatest Bollywood Soundtracks of all time.
In the Soviet Union, Awara is estimated to have sold over 100 million tickets. It remained the most successful Indian film in the Soviet Union up until films like Bobby, Seeta Aur Geeta and Disco Dancer achieved a similar level of success there.
The film was also a nationwide success in China, again selling over 100 million tickets. The song “Awara Hoon” and actor Raj Kapoor became widely known across China.
The film’s success in both the Soviet Union and China has been attributed to the socialist themes expressed in the film. The film Awaara and the song “Awara Hoon” are believed to have been Chairman Mao’s (founder of People’s Republic of China 1949) favourite film and song, respectively.
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