Kaala Patthar


Old hand painted Bollywood poster of the Hindi film, Kaala Patthar (1979) for sale.

This is an actual surviving vintage poster of the 1979 film that featured the greatest superstar of Indian cinema, Amitabh Bachchan in the lead role.

Printed and circulated several years after the first release of the film, this movie poster was originally designed for publicity of the film but never ended up being used.

The original design of this poster was made on a hand painted canvas by the greatest and highest paid Bollywood movie poster artist of all time, Diwakar Karkare.

In the poster, Diwakar captures the original angry young man of Bollywood, Amitabh Bachchan, in a black tone to highlight his character as a toiling coal miner. The other supporting actors Sharughan Sinha and Shashi Kapoor are depicted in superbly accurate portraits on the top, wearing mining helmets. The climax scene of the film, where workers are trying to find a way out from the caved-in mine, is depicted as a suggestion on the top of the poster. The typography used in this old Amitabh movie poster is entirely in English.

Since this poster was printed several years after the first release of the film, the typography as well as the overall quality of the print appear blurry.

Kaala Patthar (Black Stone) is a 1979 Hindi action film produced and directed by Yash Chopra. The story was written by Salim-Javed and it highlights the plight of workers in coal mines run by ruthlessly selfish owners. This film was the fourth collaboration between Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor and director Yash Chopra after the hugely successful Deewaar (1975), Kabhie Kabhie (1976) and Trishul (1978).

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Film Kaala Patthar (English translation: Black Stone)
Release 1979
Cast Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Shatrughan Sinha, Prem Chopra, Raakhee Gulzar, Neetu Singh, Parveen Babi & Poonam Dhillon
Print Date Late 1980s
Size 40″x30″ inches (Standard movie poster size or single sheet)
Condition ★★★ Average
Rarity Rare
Folds Two
Artwork Hand painted / Hand drawn
Artist Diwakar Karkare
Art Studio Studio Diwakar
Material Paper
Frame Not included
Packing Rolled into unbreakable tube


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