Vintage Bollywood movie poster for sale of the cult Hindi film, Madhumati (1958).

This is an actual surviving old Bollywood publicity poster of the 1958 Bimal Roy classic, which featured Dilip Kumar and Vyjayanthimala in lead roles.

Madhumati won 9 Filmfare Awards in 1958, a record held for 37 years, making this old Bollywood poster highly collectible!

Printed and circulated somewhere in the early 1970s, this old Bollywood poster was originally designed for publicity of the subsequent release of the film but never ended up being used.

This poster was originally hand painted on canvas by leading Bollywood movie poster artist C. Bakshi, making it very collectible.

The poster features four of the key characters from the film, who are duly credited on the top. Tragedy King of Bollywood, Dilip Kumar is seen in a large close up portrait prominently in this Madhumati poster. A stunning portrait of actress Vyjayanthimala appears alongside. Bollywood poster painter C. Bakshi uses an “overpainting technique” of painting over photographic stills in this old Madhumati poster.

Smaller portraits of Pran and comedian Johnny Walker are seen at the bottom of this vintage Bollywood poster for sale.

Madhumati is a 1958 Hindi film produced and directed by Bimal Roy – who is considered as one of the most influential filmmakers in Indian cinema. The film starred Dilip Kumar and Vyjayantimala in lead roles along with Pran and Johnny Walker. Madhumati had a somewhat Gothic noir feel to it with a storyline centered around reincarnation. It spawned several subsequent remakes with a similar theme. The film won the National Film Awards for Best Feature Film in Hindi and nine Filmfare Awards, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Music Director, Best Female Playback Singer, Best Dialogue, Best Art Direction, and Best Cinematographer.

The soundtrack of Madhumati was a stellar success with songs from the film becoming a rage throughout the nation. This old Madhumati poster capitalizes on the success of the album by announcing the lyrics of five popular tracks from the film below the title namely, “Zulmi Sang Aankh Ladi” and “Ghadi Ghadi Mora Dil Dhadke” sung by Lata Mangeshkar, “Suhana Safar Aur Yeh Mausam Haseen” sung by Mukesh, “Dil Tadap Tadap Ke Keh Raha Hai” by sung Mukesh and Lata Mangeshkar and lastly “Jungle Mein Mor Nacha” sung by Mohammad Rafi.

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Film Madhumati
Release 1958
Cast Dilip Kumar, Vyjayanthimala, Johnny Walker & Pran
Print Date Early 1970s
Size 40″x30″ inches (Standard movie poster size or single sheet)
Condition ★★★★ Near Mint
Rarity Rare
Folds Two
Artwork Hand painted / Hand drawn
Artist C. Bakshi
Printer Prasad Process Private Ltd. Madras
Material Paper
Frame Not included
Packing Rolled into unbreakable tube


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