Hand drawn old Indian cinema poster of the Hindi film Chhoti Bahen (1959) for sale.

This is an actual surviving poster of the 1959 Bollywood movie that was made in black and white. Starring actress Nanda, this poster was printed and circulated several years after the first release of the film (1970s). This hand painted old Bollywood movie poster was originally designed for publicity of the film but never ended up being used.

The poster was originally designed on a hand painted canvas and also features a black and white still photograph pasted on the bottom corner, making it a hybrid of sorts in terms of design techniques used. Large and realistic hand painted portraits of the lead actors are seen at the top. The poster features a distinctly feminine hand (seen wearing bangles) tying the bond of protection called “rakhi” on a male hand. This is symbolic to the Raksha Bandhan festival celebrated in India wherein a sister ties a bond of protection or a “rakhi” on her brother’s wrist. The typography used in this poster is entirely in Devanagari Hindi except for a translated English title on the bottom left.

Poster Details

Film Chhoti Bahen
Release 1959
Cast Balraj Sahni, Rehman, Mehmood, Nanda & Shyama
Printed
Size 40″x30″ inches (Single sheet or standard movie poster size)
Condition
Rarity Rare
Folds
Artwork Hand painted / Hand drawn
Artist Shrikant
Printer Poster Center Bombay
Material Paper
Frame Not included
Packing Rolled into unbreakable tube

This is the approximate date the poster was printed in.
★★★ AVG (Average):  This grade indicates that minor acid-free taping has been applied to the back of the vintage Bollywood movie poster to fix small cracks or tears. Overall condition of the old Bollywood movie poster graded under this category is fair and there is no difference to the display quality of the same from afar. Closer inspection however may reveal the cracks and tears that have been fixed by small amount of taping applied to the back.
All original vintage Bollywood movie posters were folded after printing to allow them to be easily transported to distributors and cinema houses. Most vintage Bollywood movie posters have two folds. As seen in the photograph, the fold lines will be either faintly or clearly visible in most vintage Bollywood movie posters. Once the poster is framed or pasted, the folds can be expected to ease out.