The demise artwork of hand-painted movie posters and an artist who nonetheless brings celebs alive thru his works


There used to be a time when other people would worship movie stars, a time when cinemas of all languages would give delivery to abnormal heroes and heroines. If it used to be Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini and Rekha in Bollywood, their opposite numbers Uttam Kumar, Shubhendu Chatterjee, Suchitra Sen and Supriya Debi had been dominating the Bengali cine global.

Whilst onscreen, dialogues like major aaj bhi phenke hue paise nahi uthata (Amitabh Bachchan in Deewar, 1975) and korbo, albaat korbo, I will be able to move to the highest, the highest, the highest (Uttam Kumar in Nayak, 1966) became the actors into superstars, off display, their larger-than-life pictures can be drawn through the hand-painted cutouts and posters.

Those that have observed the rush outdoor single-screen cinema halls again in the ones days would keep in mind how lovers would garland a hero’s cutout and throw slippers at a villain’s poster.

mehmood alam Painter Mehmood Alam is in the neighborhood referred to as ‘Painter Mahmood’. (Specific Picture Shashi Ghosh)

With the arrival of virtual printing, then again, the artwork of hand-painting movie posters first took a backseat after which died a herbal loss of life and with that individuals like Mahmood Alam discovered themselves jobless.

After an illustrious occupation, 65-year-old Mahmood, in the neighborhood referred to as ‘Painter Mahmood’, lives in a nondescript, barely-lit space in Kolkata’s Crematorium Side road, which were given its identify from the now-defunct fuel crematorium, the only-of-its-kind within the town. The crematorium and Mahmood have an uncanny similarity — each had been celebrated previously, however now slightly set up to draw consideration.

Mahmood, arguably the ultimate such artist in Kolkata, used to be round 17-year-old when he took pastime in finding out the artwork of constructing movie posters. “I used to be nonetheless a scholar again then, at Islamia Top Faculty, when studios in Kolkata would provide categories on portray banners and posters. I liked the movie global and loved portray too so I learnt the artwork at a close-by studio.”

alam Supplied with the data of hand-painted posters, in 1981, Mahmood left for Siliguri. (Specific Picture Shashi Ghosh)

Supplied with the data of hand-painted posters, in 1981, Mahmood left for Siliguri, a reasonably less-competitive marketplace, on the lookout for a task. Again in the ones days, a lot sooner than the murky stories of the trade flooded primetimes of reports channels, Bollywood used to be regarded as to be a platform for the ones with a dream.

The superhit film Andha Kanoon had helped two such dreamers — Rajnikanth, who debuted in Bollywood with this film, and Mahmood, who made a banner for the film in Siliguri.

Even though there used to be a temporary duration of lull for a month, there used to be no having a look again after that one poster, says Mahmood. “After effectively making one poster, I used to be assured I’d to find employment and shortly, the landlord of Jhankar Corridor in Siliguri gave me paintings and supplied house within the premises of the corridor to arrange my very own studio. I even had staff to help me,” boasted Mahmood.

alam Painter Mehmood Alam has been portray for 65 years (Specific Picture Shashi Ghosh)

His popularity rose and the phrases of his artistry unfold until Nepal’s Kathmandu. “In the ones days, Sambhu Pradhan used to be a large Nepali director. He were given involved with me and requested me to make posters for his movies. He even requested me to depart Siliguri and keep in Kathmandu however I refused. Then again, I began making posters for Nepali movies too.”

Speaking concerning the procedure of constructing the cutouts and posters, Mahmood stated the trick used to be to make a graph. “We might have {a photograph} for reference on which we might draw a graph. The similar collection of grids can be first drawn on a clean poster or a cutout after which the photographs can be hand-painted,” he stated.

alam Speaking concerning the procedure of constructing the cutouts and posters, Mahmood stated the trick used to be to make a graph (Specific Picture Shashi Ghosh)

Whilst Mahmood has painted cutouts of just about all actors of that point, his non-public favorite used to be Dilip Kumar. “No person matched Dilip sahab. The air of mystery round him used to be sufficient to drag the gang and I liked making his cutouts probably the most,” he stated.

All used to be smartly for Mahmood till the flip of the century ushered in a wave of construction which did lead to a recent air however left many like Mahmood jobless. “I nonetheless attempted my easiest. Shifted to banners and posters of stores however the going used to be getting tricky and in any case in 2010, I got here again to Kolkata,” he stated.

All used to be smartly for Mahmood till the flip of the century ushered in a wave of construction which did lead to a recent air however left many like Mahmood jobless (Specific Picture Shashi Ghosh)

Now, Mahmood reveals paintings solely when he’s requested to color a wall with some political graffiti. However no paintings is small, the artist says. “At some point I used to be portray a graffiti of Mamata Banerjee on a wall when somebody clicked {a photograph}. I referred to as him close to and stated why solely click on the image of the portray? Don’t you need to turn the arena who painted it? I don’t know what came about and he stated that he’ll get paintings for me. After a couple of days, he got here again and stated he’s discovered paintings for me at a Durga Puja pandal,” he stated.

Mahmood is as soon as once more again within the limelight after he hand-painted hoardings and posters for the theme-based Durga Puja at Nalin Sarkar Side road in north Kolkata this yr. Even though Mahmood’s works received the puja committee accolades, the painter continues to are living a existence in penury.

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