Amitabh Bachchan, Posters and Bus Stops

A delightful collection of Amitabh Bachchan’s Hindi movie publicity posters. Wonderful! Treat for the eyes. Broad brush strokes and a hint of green on the cheeks of heroines to make them look fair. (I learnt about this trick from a Billboard painter in Bombay.)

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The shift towards printed screens covering Billboards when it comes to movies and publicity in the big cities is pretty much complete. The only posters one sees are of C-grade movies with highly suspect names. However, an excursion into the Andhra or Maharashtrian Mofussil and beyond over the last few years revealed that small posters were alive and thriving. Though none of them are prints of movie-art – just a collage of photographs and stills.

Waiting at the bus stop in the mornings to go to school was a little bit more entertaining because of the wall facing facing the bus stop. It was like a litmus test for posters. Some torn the next day, and some defaced with Sri Devi growing a moustache.

[Link via Paavani]

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5 Responses to Amitabh Bachchan, Posters and Bus Stops

  1. km

    You mean Sri Devi didn’t actually have a moustache?

  2. ah! enjoyed that. brought back memories. wouldn’t it be cool to have a study or a den with these posters- preferably with graffiti- covering a wall?

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  4. pompous.anonymous

    so where is the link?? grrr

  5. kapil

    Many many years ago, I read something in an indian film mag that was interesting: it showed a photo of the poster of “Namak Haram” when it was first released in 1973, and a photo of the poster when it was re-released sometime in the mid-eighties: what was hilarious was that in the initial release, Amitabh was not visible much and the poster was dominated by Rajesh Khanna; in the later poster from the mid-eighties the roles were reversed, with Rajesh Khanna over on the side and with most of the space taken by Amitabh … a sign of how the times had changed! :-)