Gol Maal


Rare, hand drawn old Bollywood movie poster of the blockbuster Hindi film Gol Maal (1979) for sale.

This is an actual surviving poster of the 1979 Bollywood movie that is unanimously considered to be the greatest comedy film ever made in Indian cinema.

Printed and circulated somewhere in the 1980s, this poster was originally designed on a hand painted canvas by a small time art studio in Delhi, giving it a very quirky appearance and making it very collectable.The typography used in the poster is entirely in Devanagari Hindi, with only a small blurb in English that reads, “Best Maal.”

In the film, actor Amol Palekar appears in a double role. This is highlighted in the poster by crediting his name in the star cast twice. The poster also capitalizes on Amitabh Bachchan’s superstardom by not only crediting his guest appearance on the poster, but adding his hand drawn portrait on the side. A surprisingly accurate portrait of Utpal Dutt is seen painted on the bottom of this quirky movie poster.

This poster has been graded as ★ AI (As Is) due to several cracks that have been repaired by applying necessary taping at the back. Further, this poster has a several missing pieces along its borders, which can be seen upon closer inspection of the photograph (both on the left as well as right sides). The reverse of the poster features extensive taping that has been applied to repair multiple tears.

Gol Maal (Forgery or Deception) is a 1979 blockbuster comedy film directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, starring actor Amol Palekar in a double role. The film won high accolades from critics and went on to become a cult film in the history of Indian cinema.

Considered to be the greatest comedy film ever made in Bollywood, Gol Maal’s dialogues and characters have spawned hundreds of spoofs, which are popular till today on television shows and radio stations.

Owing to its mega popularity, the film was later remade in several languages such as Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam. The 2012 Hindi film Bol Bachchan is also believed to be inspired from Gol Maal.

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Film Gol Maal (Sometimes also spelled as Golmaal or Golmal. English translation: Deceptive or Fishy)
Release 1979
Cast Amol Palekar, Utpal Dutt, Shubha Khote & Dina Pathak
Print Date 1980s
Size 40″x30″ inches (Single sheet or standard movie poster size)
Condition As Is
Rarity Rare
Folds Two
Artwork Hand painted / Hand drawn
Printer Globe Art Printers Delhi
Material Paper
Frame Not included
Packing Rolled into unbreakable tube


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