|Zorro (India, 1975)|
|Geet Gaaya Pattharone (India, 1964)|
|Baazi (India, 1968)|
I recently came across this handful of Indian slides, advertising film titles with release dates ranging from 1964 to 1983.
This tiny sample can provide only the most meager clues as to the extent that slides were used to advertise in Indian cinemas, but at least it's a beginning.
One aspect of this collection is that it slightly expands my global time-line. Prior to finding these slides, the most recent commercial slide I had encountered was a 1982 Australian slide for Poltergeist. Sati Naag Kayna now expands the time-line to 1983 and a I have a feeling additional slides will inevitably turn up that extend the envelope even further.
Film production in India began during the silent era. Is it possible that slide advertising for Indian produced films could reach that far back?
|Khel Kilhari Ka (India, 1977)|
|Sati Naag Kayna (India, 1983)|
Though I have had only this brief introduction to slides of this genre, I very much enjoy the graphic color and aesthetic design. Aside from the Baazi, which looks like it could be any mid-1960s American thriller, the slides definitely have a style all their own.