ads from the 1970s

Air India’s sarcastic Khajuraho kissing ad from the 1970s

A book and a cluster of temples have forever immortalised India has the ancient land of sex. I’ve been to Khajuraho twice and the temples are indeed amazing – even minus the erotic sculptures – and given that no worship happens in most of the temples, they are easily the most serene of the all [Read more]

Ambiking Suitings ad: Ashok Kumar’s five fabric purchase tips

Ashok Kumar in Ambika King suitings ad

Ashok Kumar might have started as a reluctant actor, but Dadamoni soon transformed into one of the biggest stars of his time and Indian cinema’s first superhit Kismet (1943) had him as the lead. Ashok Kumar’s (born Kumudlal Ganguly) film career spanned over six decades in which he acted in about 300 films and a [Read more]

The Amul girl isn’t 50, yet: Trivia, an awesome image and a movie

Utterly, butterly, ignoramus! I am a sucker for anniversaries. They give an opportunity to celebrate something that you want to and the occasion guarantees that readers notice (and also appreciate) your celebration. Was a bit surprised to find that the Indian media was marking the 50th anniversary of the Amul moppet, whereas her golden jubilee [Read more]

Ad from 1979: Look, that’s Rekha with a Lakme face

Apart from a few Lakme ads an the Lux ads, that is almost mandatory for any Bollywood actress of note to feature in, I haven’t seen the enigmatic Rekha in many other advertisements. Though I am quite sure, that given her popularity she would’ve appeared in a atleast a few more. At her peak in [Read more]

Zeenat Aman is the classic Indian dark-haired beauty in 1970 Air India ad

“Memories of dark-haired beauties,” is what a traveller to India will bring back, promises a 1970 advertisement for Air India. “Long after you leave India, India will still be with you,” says the tag line. And that dark-haired beauty modelling for the ad is none other than Zeenat Aman (I did an image overlay check [Read more]

Nutramul dada: Jugal Hansraj’s second-best role ever

Jugal Hansraj Nutramul dada

Second-best, as his best was in Masoom (1983). Maybe growing up and stopping the Nutramul intake had an adverse effect on Jugal Hansraj. His acting career went nowhere and his directorial dreams also seem to be headed the same way. This advertisement from the late 1970s has a young Jugal as Raju, a boy who [Read more]

Adholics

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Meghna Girohtra, from Bombay, has collected 243 vintage Indian print advertisements (on the last count) on Flickr. A collection which she intends to keep growing and wants to create an online archive of vintage ads. It does feel good to know that I’m not alone in my endeavour. Through my blog I’ve met many a [Read more]

Sexy Indian Ads

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Adjective: sexy (sexier, sexiest) seksee1. Marked by or tending to arouse sexual desire of interest“feeling sexy”; “sexy clothes”; “sexy poses”; “a sexy book”; “sexy jokes”2. Exciting sexual desire That’s what the wonderful and handy dictionary – WordWeb – describes the word “sexy” as. Since it is difficult to be suggestive (leave alone being explicit) without [Read more]