Handpainted Movie Posters- The Life of Indian Cinema dead?
When I was young, we hardly got a chance to watch movies in cinema halls. We had to wait till Sunday for watching a movie on
Who can forget the poster of Sholay or the almost synonymous symbol of Indian cinema Mother India’s poster? The soft stroke of Mughal-E-Azam or the mellow poster of Pyaasa – each poster spoke the intensity of the drama.
On a positive note however, there are some who greatly value this art. Poster collectors buy posters at good prices. Few artists have displayed their work in exhibitions. Industry experts say that it will be a million dollar industry in a couple of years.
Apparel Design and Accessories industry is also embracing this art in form of cool T-shirts, sling bags, etc.
Having said that, we will never forget the joy of watching a movie poster for minutes if not hours in awe and discussing what the movie will be like. So what if we had to wait for Doordarshan to affirm or negate our views but those moments spent in the sun squinting at the splash of colours and the superheroes- well, they were priceless.
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