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Posting the Past

The location — National Film Archives of India (NFAI) and the event — an exhibition of film posters of Dadasaheb Phalke awardees,director Bimal Roy and actor Uttam Kumar,which date back to the days of the black and white era to the coloured ones.

Written by Rohan Swamy |
July 8, 2011 1:07:59 am

Through its poster exhibition the NFAI aims to highlight the work done by Dadasaheb Phalke award winners for Indian Cinema.

The settings cannot be more perfect than the current. The location — National Film Archives of India (NFAI) and the event — an exhibition of film posters of Dadasaheb Phalke awardees,director Bimal Roy and actor Uttam Kumar,which date back to the days of the black and white era to the coloured ones.

At the Jaykar Bungalow at NFAI,posters of Devika Rani’s Janma Bhoomi and B N Sircar’s Devdas greet the visitors. The exhibition that began on July 6 aims to showcase the posters from a bygone era,paying tribute to all the award winners from the period of 1969-2010.

Throwing more light on the event,Prashant Patharbe,Director NFAI,says,“The contribution of all these awardees to Indian cinema,both regional as well as mainstream has been phenomenal because they helped shape and give a face to Indian cinema the world over. The posters are in English as well as in other languages in which the films have originally been released.”

Interestingly the exhibition also has a poster of the 1955 Raj Kapoor hit Shree 420 which is in Russian. Other posters include those of the rare 1929 film Indira BA in which silent film star Ruby Myers known by her on screen name Sulochana acted.

Patharbe adds that the reason this exhibition ahs been held is to not only showcase these rare posters which have not featured in their earlier exhibitions but also highlight the work of people like Satyajit Ray,V Shantaram and actors like Dilip Kumar,Dev Anand. Posters of films of Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s Mukha Mukham and Shyam Benegal’s Gandhi se Mahatma Tak are also on display.

(The exhibition is on at the National Film Archives of

India till Saturday,July 9)

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