Gopal Krishna


Extremely rare, old Bollywood movie poster of the black and white Hindi film, Gopal Krishna (1938) for sale.

This is an actual surviving original old Bollywood movie poster of the 1938 film which was produced by Prabhat Film Company and directed by Vishnupant Govind Damle.

Although the storyline of Gopal Krishna was mythological, the film like many others produced by the Prabhat Film company was social film. A remake of Prabhat Film Company’s first silent film Gopal Krishna (1929), it was made in Marathi and Hindi simultaneously.

Made in the pre-independence era, the film used a mythological script to subtly portray the resentment of Indians against the British occupation at the time, making this old Bollywood movie poster, highly collectible.

Printed and circulated during the first release of the film (1930s), this old Bollywood movie poster was originally designed for publicity of the film but never ended up being used.

In this old hand painted Bollywood movie poster, a young Krishna is seen petting a cow, signifying the mythological theme of the film. The oppressive king Kamsa (who plays the villain) is seen hand painted in blue at the bottom. A beautiful hand painted portrait of Shanta Apte is seen at the top. This vintage Bollywood poster was originally hand painted on canvas by a leading poster design studio in Mumbai.

Prabhat Film Company popularly known as Prabhat Films is widely regarded as one of the finest film production companies and film studios in the history of Indian cinema. It was established in 1929 (towards the end of the silent films era) by noted film director V. Shantaram, in Kolhapur, Maharashtra. The company moved to Pune in 1933, where it established its own studio and produced a total of 45 films in both Marathi and Hindi over a period of 27 years. Prabhat Film Company created a name for itself owing largely to its production excellence and social awareness themes.

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Film Gopal Krishna (English translation: Cow protector Krishna)
Release 1938
Cast Ram Marathe & Shanta Apte
Print Date 1930s
Size 30″x20″ inches (Half sheet)
Condition ★★ Restored for Display
Rarity Rarest
Folds Two
Artwork Hand painted / Hand drawn
Art Studio Painters Combined
Printer Olympic Litho Dadar
Material Paper
Frame Not included
Packing Rolled into unbreakable tube


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