Bollywood posters

Inspiration can be found in the strangest of places

And places don’t come much stranger than Chor Bazaar. A densely packed, sprawling street market in Kalbadevi, an old neighbourhood of Mumbai, India.

It’s where I found a series of vintage Bollywood film posters, a few of which are shown here. Some of the designs aren’t exactly my cup of Darjeeling. But I’m strangely attracted—the details are wonderful: the sometimes highly skilled, sometimes highly crude illustrations; the shapes of the Hindi DevaNagari script; exuberant, expressive hand-lettering; the colour combinations; even the out of register printing and the way the paper is disintegrating.

In fact I’m amazed that some of these flimsy sheets have survived nearly half a century of Indian heat and humidity. Especially the bit that involved me carting them around Mumbai in the monsoon.

Paul Belford

Paul Belford is creative director of This Is Real Art

More from CR

Australian Summer Madness

It may be winter here in the northern hemisphere but, in Australia, summer is at its height, leading to all sorts of strange behaviour. Agency Publicis Mojo Melbourne decided to erect a series of statues of Summer Madness victims in Sydney and Melbourne to remind people to stay cool in the sun (on behalf of client, Frosty Fruits ice lollies). The models for the statues, however, were created in Hackney, east London, by the artist and modelmaker Wilfrid Wood…

Get me out of Here

James Brown and Peaches Geldof’s new venture into youth publishing has a great name but, writes Jeremy Leslie, this isn’t enough to detract from its empty editorial and messy design

Esquire’s New Cover Star: Morph

Following the recent death of the wonderful TV presenter and artist Tony Hart, one of his most famous creations, Morph, is to appear on the cover of the March issue of Esquire. And he finally has some clothes

Get Me Out Of Here

Jeremy Leslie thinks that Disappear Here, James Brown and Peaches Geldof’s new venture into youth publishing has a great name. Unfortunately that isn’t enough to detract from its empty editorial and confused design…

IIASA_115x115

Graphic Designer

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
Centaur_115x115

Integrated Designer

Centaur Media