Stunt Queen


Fearless Nadia poster for sale of the old Bollywood movie, Stunt Queen (1947).

This is an actual surviving rare vintage original Bollywood poster of the 1947 Hindi film produced by J.B.H. Wadia (Homi Wadia Productions) and Basant Pictures. Directed by Ramnik Vaid, Stunt Queen starred Mary Ann Evans, better known as “Fearless Nadia” or “Nadia Hunterwali” in the lead role.

John Cavas, Dalpat, Sona Chatterjee, Rani Bala, Shyam Sunder, Anant, M.K. Hasan and Dog Moti played supporting roles in the film.

Born in Australia, Fearless Nadia was one of the earliest actresses in Indian cinema to star in lead (primarily women-oriented action-packed) roles. In her illustrious career, Fearless Nadia starred in dozens of films produced and directed by Homi Wadia, starting from her debut in the film Hunterwali (1935).

Stunt Queen was one of Fearless Nadia’s early films, making this rare Bollywood poster, highly collectible!

Printed and circulated during the theatrical release of the film (somewhere in the late 1940s / early 1950s), this Fearless Nadia poster was printed for publicity of the film but never ended up being used.

This old vintage Bollywood poster was originally designed in hand painted oil on canvas format by an art studio in Delhi. The printed signature of artist Brij Mohan is seen on the bottom right hand corner of this Fearless Nadia poster. Mary Ann Evans is seen hand painted in a quirky full length portrait, holding a gun in this old Bollywood poster. She is seen again in a dramatic scene from the film, tied on to a railway track with a steam locomotive heading her way. Dog Moti is seen trying to desperately revive John Cavas who lies fainted alongside in this Fearless Nadia poster. A fight sequence is seen unfolding on the left of the poster.

The dual green and light orange tone used in this poster is very pleasing. The Basant Pictures logo is seen on the bottom left of this Fearless Nadia poster. Lettering used in this poster is entirely in Devanagari Hindi script with the title of the film translated to both English as well as Urdu on the top.

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Film Stunt Queen (Sometimes also spelled as Stuntqueen)
Release 1947
Cast Mary Ann Evans aka Fearless Nadia, John Cavas, Dalpat, Sona Chatterjee, Rani Bala, Shyam Sunder, Anant, M.K. Hasan & Dog Moti
Print Date Late 1940s/Early 1950s
Size 30″x20″ inches (Half sheet)
Condition As Is
Rarity Very Rare
Folds Two
Artwork Hand painted / Hand drawn
Artist Brij Mohan
Printer Photo Offset Press Delhi
Material Paper pasted on mount board
Frame Not included
Packing Flat packed in corrugated cardboard box

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