Desh Premee


Beautiful hand drawn old Hindi film poster of the Bollywood movie Desh Premee (1982) for sale.

This is an actual surviving poster of the 1982 action film that featured the biggest superstar of Indian cinema, Amitabh Bachchan in a double role. Printed and circulated somewhere during the release of the film, this vintage movie poster was originally designed for publicity of the film but never ended up being used.

This poster was originally designed on a hand painted canvas by a well known art studio, Expert Eyes. It also features a black and white still photograph pasted on the bottom corner, making it a hybrid of sorts in terms of design techniques used.

This movie poster has been printed on a glossy photo quality sheet, making it very collectible and extremely rare.

In this old hand painted poster, the artist captures the original angry young man of Bollywood, Amitabh Bachchan, in a double role. An older Amitabh appears on the center of the poster, while he is seen in a much younger avatar on the bottom left of the poster. One of Bollywood’s greatest villains, Amjad Khan is seen in a superbly accurate hand painted avatar holding a pistol at the bottom. Amjad Khan’s portrait has been painted in red, presumably to reflect the tone of anger in his character. The typography used in this poster is entirely in Devanagari Hindi. The title, Desh Premee appears on the poster in almost a 3D like font.

Desh Premee (The Patriot) is a 1982 Hindi film directed by Manmohan Desai starring the greatest superstar in Bollywood, Amitabh Bachchan in a double role.

Legendary Bollywood singer Mohammed Rafi who sang the film’s title song and actor Uttam Kumar passed away two years before the film was released. As such, the film was dedicated to both of them. Desh Premee is the only Bollywood film in which music director Laxmikant sang a song.

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Film Desh Premee (English translation: Patriot)
Release 1982
Cast Amitabh Bachchan, Shammi Kapoor, Amjad Khan, Premnath, Navin Nischol, Sharmila Tagore, Hema Malini & Parveen Babi
Print Date 1980s
Size 40″x30″ inches (Standard movie poster size or single sheet)
Condition As Is
Rarity Rare
Folds Two
Art Studio Expert Eyes
Printer Sakshi Advertisers Bombay
Material Paper
Frame Not included
Packing Rolled into unbreakable tube


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