Satyam Shivam Sundaram


Satyam Shivam Sundaram poster for sale.

Featured here is an original vintage Bollywood poster of the classic 1978 Hindi film directed and produced by the Showman of Indian cinema, Raj Kapoor that starred Shashi Kapoor and Zeenat Aman in lead roles.

Released under the RK Films’ banner, Satyam Shivam Sundaram (1978) also starred Padmini Kolhapure, Kanhaiyalal, A. K. Hangal, David Abraham, Leela Chitnis, Tun Tun and Hari Shivdasani in supporting roles.

The film told the story of a dam engineer who falls in love with a village woman on hearing her sing, not knowing that she has a partially disfigured face.

Like many of Raj Kapoor’s films, Satyam Shivam Sundaram (1978) had a highly controversial bold scene featuring Zeenat Aman in a wet see-through white saree. It was due to this very scene that several heroines approached by Raj Kapoor for the role had rejected the offer, including Hema Malini, Dimple Kapadia and Vidya Sinha. Despite the nudity, the film was released with a Universal rating on the festival day of Holi on March 24th 1978.

It’s release was challenged in Himachal Pradesh High Court and a case was filed against Raj Kapoor for promoting obscenity. The filmmaker however approached the Supreme Court which quashed the case, citing the fact that the certificate for the film’s release had already been granted, and as such, Raj Kapoor could no longer be held liable.

Satyam Shivam Sundaram (1978) featured the last recorded song of legendary playback singer Mukesh and was dedicated to him, making this vintage Bollywood poster, highly collectible!

Printed and circulated during a subsequent release of the film in Delhi (somewhere in the 1980s), this Satyam Shivam Sundaram poster was originally designed for publicity of the film but never ended up being used.

Originally designed in hand painted oil on canvas format by a Bollywood poster art studio in Delhi, this Raj Kapoor poster features stunning artwork inspired from the climax of the film.

The lead couple, Shashi Kapoor and Zeenat Aman are seen in a striking illustration. Locked in a passionate embrace, the two appear gazing into each others eyes. Shashi Kapoor is depicted holding Zeenat Aman’s face in the palm of his hand, with their lips nearly touching each other.

The rising sun signifying a new beginning and the dawn of revelation is seen in the background behind them. The sun is seen illuminating a temple below. A combination of red, orange and yellow shades in the background of this vintage Bollywood poster give it a very catchy appearance.

Highly stylized typography is seen in the Devanagari Hindi title of this Satyam Shivam Sundaram poster, with each word in the title appearing in a different shade of color. The film’s tagline “Love Sublime” along with the credits “Filmed by Raj Kapoor” are seen written below the title.

The soundtrack album of Satyam Shivam Sundaram (1978) was composed by legendary duo Laxmikant-Pyarelal and was a blockbuster hit upon it’s release. The duo won the Filmfare Best Music Director Award for their brilliant compositions. The title track “Satyam Shivam Sundaram” sung by Lata Mangeshkar is fondly remembered and played till today.

Legend Mukesh, also called the “voice of Raj Kapoor,” recorded his last song “Chanchal Sheetal Nirmal Komal” for Satyam Shivam Sundaram (1978) in June 1976. He left shortly after recording the song for a concert tour of the US with melody queen Lata Mangeshkar, where he passed away due to a sudden heart attack on 27th August in Detroit.

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Film Satyam Shivam Sundaram (English Translation: The True, The Godly & The Beautiful)
Release 1978
Cast Shashi Kapoor, Zeenat Aman, Padmini Kolhapure, Kanhaiyalal, A. K. Hangal, David Abraham, Leela Chitnis, Tun Tun & Hari Shivdasani
Print Date 1980s
Size Approximately 37.5″ x 25.5″ inches (One sheet or single sheet size)
Condition ★★★ Average
Rarity Rare
Folds Two
Artwork Hand painted / Hand drawn
Printer Japan Art Press Dli
Material Paper
Frame Not included
Packing Rolled into unbreakable tube


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