Making use of the old Indian film photos, almost a century old, in a latest 2015 calendar with never-seen-before posters will be launched by filmmaker Aurag Kashyap on Monday.
The collection of posters in a calendar titled “The Beginnings of Indian Cinema”, the initiative features posters of films such as Ardeshir Irani’s “Alam Ara”, Indian cinema’s first talkie; “Kisan Kanya” (1937), the first Indian colour film; and “King of Ayodhya” (Ayodhyecha Raja), the first Marathi talkie directed by legendary filmmaker V. Shantaram in 1932.
“King of Ayodhya” was also the dubbing film with talkie version available in two languages, Hindia and Marathi simultaneously.
“We are very passionate about cinema and want the world to see these rare gems. It is fascinating to see how the artwork of film posters has changed so dramatically within a century,” said Sunil Bohra, the project in-charge who has come out with the calendar.
“What better way to appreciate the artistry of these posters than through a calendar which is in front of your eyes throughout the year? Since the New Year is around the corner, this is the best time to launch it,” said Bohra.
Apart from the above-mentioned films, it also includes posters of V. Shantaram films like “Aadmi” and his Hindi-Marathi bilingual “Duniya Na Mane”, classics such as “Devika Rani”, Ashok Kumar-starrer “Achhut Kannya” (Untouchable Maiden) directed by Franz Osten and P.C. Barua’s “Devdas”, among others.