Film poster for 'Babul'

Manohar (artist), Vishal Printers Bombay

Museum of Art & Photography

Museum of Art & Photography
Bangalore, India

Film poster for the Hindi film 'Babul' (Father's Home), released in the year 1950.

The hand painted poster shows the main characters from the film. The central image shows the characters Ashok (Dilip Kumar) and Bela (Nargis). Towards the top right corner area, there is another painted image showing a male character (possibly Asholk, played by Dilip Kumar) standing by a table and a female character (unidentified) sitting on the other side. Towards the bottom left area of the poster is a painted image of another female character, possibly Usha (Munawar Sultana). In the painted image, she is seems to be laying fallen on the floor. Overlapping with this imagery on the bottom is the film title in English as 'Babul'. To the right of this imagery is the film title in Devanagari. Above this title is the banner's name in Devanagari as 'Sunny Art Productions Prastut' (Sunny Art Productions Present). In the bottom area, from left to right, the film credits are present as 'Nirmata' (Producer), next line; 'Digdarshak' (Director). To the right of this text is 'S.U. Sunny' (Devanagari). To the right of this text is 'Sangeet Naushad' (Music Naushad). Next is 'Geet Shakeel' (Lyrics Shakeel). In the end is 'Chhaya Phali Mistry' (Photography Phali Mistry- check spelling). In the top right area of the poster, the names of the main actors and actresses are present as 'Dilip Kumar', next line; 'Nargis', next line; 'Munawar Sultana' (all in Devanagari). In the left central area of the poster, some lyrics from the song 'Chhod Babul Ka Ghar' are written. The song was sung by Shahshad Begum and the lyrics read 'Chhod Babul Ka Ghar Mohe Peeke Nagar', next line;
'Aaj Jaan Pada Ho Aaj', next line; 'Milte He Aankhe Dil Diwana Hua Kisi Ka', next line; 'Kisi Ke Dil Me
Rehna Tha To Mere Dil Me Kyu Aaye', next line; 'Duniya Badal Gai Meri Duniya Badal Gai'. Towards the left in the bottom area of the poster, very close to the border, the artist's name is written as 'manohar' (English). On the bottom border, towards the right, the printer's credits are written as 'VISHAL PRINTERS BOMBAY 19'.


  • Title: Film poster for 'Babul'
  • Creator: Manohar (artist), Vishal Printers Bombay
  • Location: India
  • Physical Dimensions: H. 93.4 cm, W. 68.6 cm
  • Type: Film poster
  • Contributor: Museum of Art and Photography
  • Medium: Offset lithograph
  • Release Date: 1950
  • Credits: Writer- Azm Bazidpuri (story, screenplay & dialogue) ; Director- S.U. Sunny ; Cast- Dilip Kumar, Nargis, Munawar Sultana, Amar, A. Shah Shikarpuri, Vinod, Ismail, Jankidas ; Music- Nashad (composer), Shakeel Badayuni (lyricist).
  • Category: Popular art
  • Banner: Banner- Sunny Art Productions Producer- S.U. Sunny

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