Quirky, hand drawn old Bollywood poster of the blockbuster Hindi film Himmatwala (1983) for sale.

This is an actual surviving vintage poster of the 1983 film that catapulted actress Sridevi into Bollywood stardom. Printed and circulated a few years after the first release of the film, this hand painted vintage Bollywood poster was originally designed for publicity of the film but never ended up being used.

This Bollywood poster was originally designed on a hand painted canvas by a small time art studio in Kolkata, making it very collectable.

The poster features a large, quirky hand drawn portrait of Sridevi holding a whip in her hand. Lead actor Jeetendra is shown alongside on the left with the two supporting characters encased in circles on the right. The entire poster is designed and printed in a single color, i.e. blue, adding greatly to its quirk quotient. Capitalizing on Sridevi’s entry into stardom, the poster announces the same on the top in English. The typography used in this poster is primarily English, with the title translated both in Devanagari Hindi as well as Bengali at the bottom.

Himmatwala (The Brave) is a 1983 action Hindi film starring Jeetendra and Sridevi.The film is credited with turning actress Sridevi into a star in Hindi cinema. The film was the highest grosser of the year it was released in and declared a blockbuster.

A couple of songs from the film composed by Bappi Lahiri became hugely popular – “Nainon Mein Sapna” (sung by Kishore Kumar & Lata Mangeshkar) and “Taki O Taki” ( sung by Kishore Kumar & Asha Bhosle).

Inspired by the huge success of the film in 1983, Sajid Khan directed a recent remake of the film starring Ajay Devgan. The remake however, released in the year 2013, was a disaster at the box office.

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Film Himmatwala (English translation: The Brave)
Release 1983
Cast Jeetendra, Sridevi, Amjad Khan & Kader Khan
Print Date 1980s
Size 40″x30″ inches (Standard movie poster size or single sheet)
Condition ★★★★ Near Mint
Rarity Rare
Folds Two
Artwork Hand painted / Hand drawn
Printer Gujarat Press Kolkata
Material Paper
Frame Not included
Packing Rolled into unbreakable tube


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