Shree 420


Beautiful vintage Bollywood poster of the epic Hindi film Shree 420 (1955) for sale.

This is an actual surviving poster of the Jaipur release of Shree 420 (translated as Mr. 420 and sometimes also spelled as Shri 420). Shree 420 is a 1955 Bollywood classic directed and produced by Raj Kapoor, featuring him in a leading role opposite Nargis.

Printed and circulated somewhere in the 1960s/1970s, this vintage movie poster was originally designed for publicity of the re-release of the film but never ended up being used.

Shree 420 is widely regarded as a classic in Indian cinema. Raj Kapoor is remembered as the greatest showman in Indian cinema – an all rounder who produced, directed as well as starred in some of the leading films of his time.

In Shree 420, Raj Kapoor’s character is heavily influenced by Charlie Chaplin’s “little tramp”, similar to his character in a film that released four years prior in 1951 called Awaara. The film has to its credit some of the greatest songs ever made in Bollywood such as “Mera Joota Hai Japani” (My shoes are Japanese), which went on to become a patriotic symbol of the newly independent India. In India, Shree 420 became the highest grossing film of the year (1955). In Russia, Shree 420 received mass appeal and made Raj Kapoor a household name.

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Film Shree 420 (also known as Shri 420) (English Translation: Mr. 420)
Release 1955
Cast Raj Kapoor, Nargis
Print Date 1960s/1970s
Size 40″x30″ inches (Standard movie poster size or single sheet)
Condition As Is
Rarity Very Rare
Folds Two
Artwork Hand painted / Hand drawn & Photographic
Printer Globe Art Printers, Delhi
Material Paper
Frame Not included
Packing Rolled into unbreakable tube


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