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2,500 Indian film posters come alive at Pune’s NFAI

The collection includes a rare six-sheet poster of the film Mughal-e-Azam

pune Updated: Aug 05, 2017 15:54 IST
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Hindustan Times, Pune
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The collection includes 90 Amitabh Bachchan film posters.(HT Photo)

The next time you visit the National Film Archive of India (NFAI), you will witness a 10x5 ft tall poster of the 1960 film Mughal-e-Azam. In a first-of-its-kind acquisition, NFAI has received 2,500 film posters of Indian cinema. The collection includes about 1,500 Hindi film posters, in addition to a number of Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam films.The collection showcases the evolution of film publicity covering the various techniques of poster-making since 1942.

Prakash Magdum, director of NFAI says, “This has been a significant addition to NFAI’s ever-growing collection of film related material. We appeal to all film lovers to come forward and provide films and film-related material so that it can be preserved for the future generations.”

The Mughal-e-Azam poster is a hand-painted offset print. It has long shot depictions of the war sequence to a colourful snapshot of the ‘sheesh mahal’ sequence, all done in beautiful brush strokes. To balance the grandeur of these two depictions, the poster also features two intimate portraits. Akbar (Prithviraj Kapoor) sheds a tear in an emotional moment with his son and heir Salim (Dilip Kumar) as they are about to go to war. The shadow of Akbar’s war gear on his face is gorgeously detailed. And to cap things off, there’s a heartrending portrait of Anarkali (Madhubala) in chains, one of the iconic images of Hindi cinema.

Another highlight of the acquisition is the posters for 90 Amitabh Bachchan films, including one of his earliest films Sanjog (1971) and his unreleased film Zamaanat.

The fresh acquisition also includes posters featuring ‘Fearless Nadia’, for the films Sher-e-Baghdad (1946), Stunt Queen (1947), 11 o’clock (1948) and Shamsherbaaz (1953). There are numerous posters featuring Dilip Kumar, Madhubala, Raj Kapoor, Meena Kumari, Guru Dutt, Nargis, Shammi Kapoor, Dev Anand, Mumtaz, Dharmendra, Dara Singh and many more. The collection covers a large range of actors and stars from all eras.

First Published: Aug 05, 2017 15:53 IST