Beautiful photographic old Indian cinema lobby card of the blockbuster Hindi film Mr. India (1987) for sale.
This is an actual surviving lobby card of the 1987 cult classic directed by Shekhar Kapur, which featured Anil Kapoor in the title role, Sridevi as his leading lady and Amrish Puri as the greatest Bollywood villain of all time, Mogambo.
Mr. India holds the distinction of being one of the 100 greatest Indian films of all time.
Printed and circulated during the first release of the film (somewhere in the 1980s), this vintage Bollywood movie lobby card was made for publicity of the film and was actually used inside a theater that screened Mr. India! The four corners of the lobby card feature punched holes and display tell tale sings of being displayed on the notice board of a movie theater.
This old lobby card was originally designed by cutting out images of actors from separate still photographs (shot on set location) and pasting them on a board. The background and typography are hand drawn / hand painted, which makes this vintage lobby card an interesting mix of two very different design techniques.
This lobby card features still photographs taken from iconic scenes of the film. Sridevi is seen in her journalist avatar along with Annu Kapoor who plays the role of newspaper editor in the film. Anil Kapoor is seen wearing his iconic camping hat on the center of the lobby card.
Printed on glossy, thick photo paper, this lobby card was laminated shortly after printing and reflects signs of plastic aging. Cracks are visible along the laminated plastic surface of the card.
Unlike old Indian cinema posters, vintage Bollywood movie lobby cards are smaller in size and usually cardboard mounted to make them sturdy enough to be displayed on a notice board. These cards were typically displayed in foyers and lobbies inside cinemas, and were generally issued in sets of 4, 8 or 12. Most Hindi film lobby cards have punched holes on each of their four corners for easy pinup on a cinema notice board.