Four decades of a superstar, in posters

An exhibition of film posters paying tribute to Amitabh Bachchan on his 75th birthday is on at ICCR till October 14.


Poster of a shelf-film, that was never released

It’s a walk down memory lane. Retracing the steps of a chequered life, cherishing the highs, remembering the lows and brushing off dust from the forgotten. On his 75th birthday, superstar Amitabh Bachchan would have had similar thoughts if he browsed through Bachchan Nama, an exhibition showcasing posters of his films through four decades on display at the ICCR Jamini Roy Art Gallery. From lithograph, hand-sketched posters to the present day digital posters, all feature in Sudipta Chanda’s personal collection.  Chanda had suddenly taken a liking towards collecting film posters from 2000 onwards. “I started collecting film posters from when I was in college. Such a hobby is rare these days in the world of social media and mobile phones and I decided to pay tribute to the superstar on his 75th birthday through this exhibition of my collection,” said Sudipta, who runs a public relations agency.

The exhibition is treat for Big B fans. It is on till October 14th, 3pm to 8pm at ICCR.  Sudipta has showcased posters of Amitabh Bachchan films right from 1970s to present day. “My poster collection crosses 1,000 out of which I have showcased only 60 on Amitabh Bachchan. Also, people are getting to see the different kinds of posters that existed through four decades. I have posters of different sizes like 20×30, 30×40, two sheet, six sheet in my collection,” said Chanda. His collection has come from years of hard work, going to old cinema halls and distribution houses, some of them now non-existent.

Beside popular films like Don, Sholay, Zanjeer, Coolie or Kaalia, there are also posters of lesser known films. “Posters of films that were at the beginning of his career, that were not popular like Sanjog, Pyaar ki Kahaani, Bandhe Haat are also on display. Many people have not heard of a film called Shiv-Putra in which Amitabh Bachchan had starred with Rajnikant. It was a shelf film and was not released, but the poster had been prepared and I managed to get my hands on one for my collection as well,” said Chanda. Digital posters of his latest films like Black, Pink and Family can also be seen.