Movie posters are important as they present the first impression of a movie before its release. From earliest times, film-makers have been paying a lot of attention to getting a perfect poster created for a film as it would make or break the minds of the viewers. Sometimes, posters can be influenced by other films or ideas. However, often we see very interesting and innovative posters that succeed in impressing the viewers. Here is a list of ten Bollywood films which had quite interesting posters.
1. Dev D
Dev D was Anurag Kashyap’s adaptation of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s Bengali novel, Devdas. This adaptation stood out among many others as it had a unique take on the tragic love story. It starred
Mahi Gill, and
Kalki Koechlin in the roles of Devdas (Dev), Paro, and Chandramukhi (Chanda) respectively. The film had many versions of its posters, each one quirky and unique. They also presented an aura of intoxication, haze, and illusionary feelings. Compared to the standards of Bollywood, it was indeed a bold effort by Kashyap.
Shaitan is Bejoy Nambiar’s psychological and crime thriller starring Kalki Koechlin,
Shiv Pandit, Gulshan Devaiya,
Rajkummar Rao, etc. The film presents the darker aspects of the human mind. It also depicts how desperate people can become when confronted by danger in a fight for survival. The poster of the film depicts the theme of the movie in a perfect manner. It shows two different faces of each character. One side represents the sane side, and the other side represents the inner devil that sometimes breaks free.
Taare Zameen Par
Taare Zameen Par is
Aamir Khan’s directorial debut in Bollywood. It was based on the struggles that a dyslexic kid has to face in his daily life. The film starred Aamir Khan,
Tisca Chopra, etc. The posters of the film showed the colorful world inside the mind of the child. It also indicated the bond between the child and his teacher, which was played by Aamir Khan. The film did very well critically and commercially. It was appreciated for being a socially aware film.
Sujoy Ghosh’s thriller film Kahaani was a surprise hit in the year 2012. It starred
Parambrata Chatterjee, etc. The film depicts the story of a pregnant woman who comes to Kolkata in search of her missing husband and gets embroiled in all conspiracies beyond control. The film packed a punch in its climax, and the posters gave a hint about the impending twist. It showed pregnant Vidya running through the streets of Kolkata amidst the festivities of Durga Puja. The arms of the Goddess show up behind her, giving a feel of godly strength that Vidya possesses in her character.
Teri Meri Kahaani
Kunal Kohli, Teri Meri Kahaani was a romantic film released in the year 2012.
Shahid Kapoor and
Priyanka Chopra were the lead actors. The film shows three love stories in three ages, in the 1910s, 1960s, and 2012. Though the film did not do well commercially, it had an interesting poster. The poster was horizontally divided into three parts. Each part showed a different age, and the looks of the actors were also different in each age.
Kiran Rao’s movie Dhobi Ghat was her directorial debut in the year 2011. It was based on the lives of different characters living in Mumbai. The lead roles were played by Aamir Khan,
Monica Dogra, and
Kriti Malhotra. The film’s poster had a few versions. Each version had a combination of white and blue colors. Some showed the map or scenes of Mumbai in the background, and the characters at the front. One version featured the silhouette of the actors. It is quite interesting to look at. The movie was highly praised by the critics.
7. M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story
Neeraj Pandey’s movie, M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story, is a biopic based on the life of M.S. Dhoni, a popular Indian cricketer. The poster of the film highlighted Dhoni showing his back, dressed in his cricket uniform with a bat in his hand. The poster showed a well-lit stadium in the background. Like the film, the poster presented the magnificent aura of the cricketer and impressed millions of his fans. The movie had
Sushant Singh Rajput enacting Dhoni, along with actors
Disha Patani and
Kiara Advani opposite him. It did well critically and commercially.
8. 2 States
Abhishek Varman’s 2 States was based on Chetan Bhagat’s novel, also called 2 States. The story was based on Bhagat’s love story with his wife and how they overcame all obstacles to get married despite the huge cultural difference. The film starred
Amrita Singh, Revathi,
Ronit Roy, etc. The poster of the film depicted the theme beautifully. It showed the two individuals lying on a map of India, reaching out towards each other from their respective states. The movie upheld the beauty of inter-cultural marriages and gave a positive message to the viewers.
Imtiaz Ali’s 2011 film Rockstar was based on the life of Janardhan Jakhar alias Jordan, and the journey of his life as he becomes a renowned rockstar. It starred
Piyush Mishra, etc. The movie depicted the disillusionment and angst of the lead character as he faces the realities of life. The poster of the film perfectly describes the emotions of the titular character. The combination of red and yellow colors in the poster represents the fire inside the mind of the “rockstar”. Ranbir Kapoor gave a brilliant performance in the film.
Rohit Shetty’s romantic comedy film, Chennai Express was released in the year 2013. It starred actors like
Shah Rukh Khan,
Nikitin Dheer, etc. The film was a laugh riot and full of action, romance, and comedy. The poster of the film perfectly held up the colorful aspect of the film. It showed SRK and Deepika dressed in ‘lungis’, looking uber cool with sunglasses and weapons. One of the poster also featured a railway track and cars blowing up in the background; in short, everything in Rohit Shetty’s trademark style.