Toofani Tirandaz


Toofani Tirandaz poster for sale.

Featured here is an actual surviving rare vintage original Bollywood poster of the 1947 Hindi film directed by Boman Shroff (who also starred in the film in a supporting role) featuring Mary Ann Evans, better known as “Fearless Nadia” or “Nadia Hunterwali” in the lead role.

Produced by Homi Wadia in the name of his company Homi Wadia Productions and released under the Basant Pictures banner, Toofani Tirandaz (1947) also starred Prakash, Sayani, Aaftab, Boman Shroff, Dalpat, Mithoo Miyaan, Sona Chatterjee, Horse Rajput, Kesar Shah and Austin’s Daughter in supporting roles.

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 husband Homi Wadia, starting from her debut in the film Hunterwali (1935).

Toofani Tirandaz was one of Fearless Nadia’s early films, making this Mary Ann Evans actress 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 vintage Bollywood poster was originally designed in hand painted oil on canvas format by an art studio in Bombay. It features a two color design, using a mix of red and black hues.

Mary Ann Evans is seen hand painted in a caricature styled illustration, wearing an arrow quiver on her shoulder and holding arrows in her hand. She is seen wearing her trademark cap and Domino mask. The archery theme of the action film is evident from the artwork.

Actor Prakash is seen in an illustration alongside holding a sword. Action scenes from the film are seen hand drawn in a stick figure styled illustration at the bottom. Fearless Nadia is seen shooting arrows on horseback and fighting with villains in this Toofani Tirandaz poster.

The dual tone used in this vintage Bollywood poster is very pleasing and gives a retro feel to the artwork. 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 only the title of the film appearing in Urdu at the bottom.

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Film Toofani Tirandaz (Sometimes also spelled as “Tufani Teerandaz.” English translation: Stormy Archer or Lightning Fast Archer)
Release 1947
Cast Mary Ann Evans aka Fearless Nadia, Prakash, Sayani, Aaftab, Boman Shroff, Dalpat, Mithoo Miyaan, Sona Chatterjee, Horse Rajput, Kesar Shah & Austin’s Daughter
Print Date Late 1940s / Early 1950s
Size Approximately 29.25″ x 19.5″ inches (Half sheet)
Condition ★★★★ Near Mint
Rarity Very Rare
Folds Two
Artwork Hand painted / Hand drawn
Printer Meena Traders Bombay
Material Paper pasted on mount board
Frame Not included
Packing Flat packed in corrugated cardboard box


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