Very rare, hand painted original two sheet movie poster of the epic Hindi film Sholay (1975) for sale.

This hand painted two sheet Sholay poster measures a stunning 60″x40″ inches in size when its two individual sheets are joined or pasted together. The poster comprises two separate single sheets, each measuring 40″x30″ inches in size.

Sholay is the greatest film ever made in Indian cinema and the second longest running film in the history of Bollywood.

This very rare hand drawn original Sholay poster was printed somewhere in the 1980s, when Sholay had attained cult status and had become the longest running film in Indian cinema history. It was originally designed for publicity of the film but never ended up being used.

This beautiful, quirky hand drawn original Sholay movie poster features superstar Amitabh Bachchan (who plays the character of “Jai” in the film) holding a rifle like gun on the right side of the poster. A quirky hand drawn rendition of the climax scene where Dharmendra is strangulating Amjad Khan (Gabbar Singh) is seen on the left of this beautiful two sheet poster. The bottom side of the poster features a hand drawn rendition of an iconic still from one of the most popular songs of Sholay, “Yeh Dosti” in which Amitabh and Dharmendra are seen on a motorbike.

This quirky hand drawn old Bollywood movie poster was hand painted by an unknown artist in a small time Bollywood poster art studio in Kolkata, making it highly collectible!

Hand painted typography has been used in the design of this Bollywood poster, and the film’s title appears in Devanagari Hindi on the top and English on the bottom.

Two sheet posters comprise two separate individual single sheet posters measuring 40″x30″ inches each. When pasted together they line up perfectly and together form one single two sheet poster. In the attached image, there may be a slight gap visible between the two – as the images of the top and bottom half have been photographed individually and then joined together digitally. When framed or pasted, there will be no gap visible between the two sheets and the appearance of the poster would be seamless – i.e. just like a single sheet poster.

Sholay is the highest grossing film of all time in Indian cinema and unanimously regarded as the greatest film ever made in Bollywood. Declared as the “Film of the Millennium” by BBC India in 1999, Sholay is an unforgettable classic that has become almost synonymous with ‘masala’ in Indian cinema. Its characters such as Jai, Veeru, Basanti, Thakur & Gabbar Singh have been etched into history. The film has an unbeaten record for running for over five consecutive years after being released. A 3-D version of this film is on its way for release. Sholay enjoys a cult following in India and its dialogues are often quoted in various media.

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Film Sholay (English translation: Flames or Embers)
Release 1975
Cast Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Sanjeev Kumar, Amjad Khan, Hema Malini & Jaya Bhaduri Bachchan
Print Date 1980s
Size 60″x40″ inches (Two sheet)
Condition ★★★★ Near Mint
Rarity Very Rare
Folds Two
Artwork Hand painted / Hand drawn
Material Paper
Frame Not included
Packing Rolled into unbreakable tube


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