Mother India 1957, (printed 1980s)
107.0 x 80.0 cm
Victoria and Albert Museum
Gift of Mehboob Productions (Private) Ltd, Mumbai, India (IS.9-2001)
Image © V&A Images © Courtesy Mehboob Productions (Private) Ltd, Mumbai, India
Featuring works from pre-independent India to the present day, Cinema India: The Art of Bollywood charts the historical, political and cultural changes experienced by the country, as seen through the eyes of the Bollywood film industry.
The exhibition brings together some of the most remarkable examples of Indian cinema art, from large-scale hoardings and posters to photo cards, booklets, costumes, original film trailers and excerpts from key films.
The exhibition will display landmark images and explore major themes which outline the stylistic and historic development of Bollywood cinema. Posters from many classic films are represented including the Oscar nominated epic Mother India; Sholay (with its distinctive and influential typography) and recent blockbusters such as Devdas, Lagaan and Main Hoon Na.
The exhibition features many varied and exciting public programs centred on Indian cinema and culture.