Indian cinema on stamps

Publié le 21 Octobre 2012

Nutan stamp card 

Nutan philatelic booklet  Nutan

Hi, sorry to have been away so long, too many things in the going. This one took me some time assembling and researching, but was great fun! When I was a boy, my brother François and I used to collect stamps, mostly French ones of course, and I still retain names of people and places that appeared on the little slips of sticky paper, immortalised by their colourful and evocative drawings. We had great moments buying them, sorting them out, calculating their prices and treasuring them. They're now somewhere at my other brother's home, I think, he kept the collection as he left home later than we did.

Anyway here's the lot of the Indian cinema stamps. Only 60 people! Can you find any more? The Indian postage service only commemorates the dead, so there are as yet no stamp for Dilip Kumar or Vijayanthimala - let's hope it stays that way for long! - the stamps where living actors are represented are all foreign ones. Some seem forged though (those Guiné-Bissau ones look strange). I have opened this post with Nutan, and so first, the Indian stamps.


Dadasaheb Phalke starts the list, being the director of Raja Harichandra, (1913), said to be the first Indian movie!

Dadasaheb Phalke  indian cinemaPhilatelic-exhibition-copie-1.jpg

100 years Film festival  Childrens Film Society



Jyotiprasad Agarwalla, Avichi Meiyappan, Krishnaswami Subrahmanyam

Jyotiprasad Agarwalla  Avichi Meiyappan  k subrahmanyam

Guru Dutt

Guru Dutt-copie-1  Guru-Dutt-copie-2

Satyajit Ray

 S. Ray  Satyajit Ray  

Satyajit ray Ray-Dominica.jpg


Ritwik Ghatak

Ritwik Ghatak stamped enveloppe  ritwik-ghatak-stamp

Bimal Roy 

Bimal roy FDC  Bimal Roy

Raj Kapoor

Raj Kapoor Raj Kapoor Guinea

Raj Kapoor and Nargis fan post

L.V. Prasad, Mehboob Khan, V. Shantaram, B.N. Reddi, S.S. Vasan

LV Prasad  Mehboob Khan  V. Shantaram  BN Reddi  SS Vasan

Producer (Harakh Chand Nahata)

Nahata pack  Harakh-Chand-Nahata.jpg  Nahata FDC


Actors (deceased)

Devika Rani, Nutan, Kanan Devi, Savithri, Meena Kumari, Leila Naidu:

Indian legendary-heroinesIndian heroines on stamps

Nargis, Hema Malini, Madhubala:

                           Nargis Dutt    Hema Malini    Madhubala 

Padmini, Lalitha and Ragini Travancore

Travancore sisters

 Prithviraj Kapoor, Gemini Ganesan, Shivaji Ganeshan, Rajkumar:

Prithvi theatre  Gemini Ganesan Shivaji Ganeshan  Rajkumar

N.T. Rama Rao, M.G. Ramachandran, K. L. Saigal:

 NT Rama Rao  MG Ramachandran  kl saigal  

Jaishankar (only FDC?)


  A booklet on Uttam Kumar:

Uttam Kumar booklet  Uttam Kumar 1

Uttam Kumar FDC 1  Uttam Kumar  Uttam Kumar FDC-copie-1

The following actors (not deceased)  are not represented on Indian postage:

Bollywood stars Indian singers and actors

Aamir Khan ST Principe  Amitabh-ST-Principe.jpgAish Rai  Aish Rai Guinea

Aish Rai Guinea 1  Aish Rai Guinée-Bissau

                     Indian stars on stamp   Shahruck Khan Guinea

Shahruk Khan  Nandita-Das-copie-1.jpg

Kajol  Kajol Guinea

Katrina Kaif Guinée-Bissau  M. Chakraborthy Guinée-Bissau  Saif Ali Khan Guinée-Bissau

Sharmila Tagore Guinée-Bissau  Saif Ali Khan Australia M. Sherawat

Singers and musicians

A beautiful group of Kishore Kumar, Mukesh, Mohammed Rafi, and Hemant Kumar:

Indian filmi singers-copie-1

Pankaj Kumar Mallick, S.D. Burman, M.S. Subbulakshmi:

Pankaj Kumar Mullick  SD Burman  M S Subbulakshmi

Dinanath Mankeshkar, Ghantasala:

Dinanath Mangeshkar  Ghantasala-Venkateswara-Rao-1922-1974  

Lata Mangeshkar ST Principe  Asha Bhosle ST Principe

Alka Yagnik ST Principe

And one last one, from the US, said to represent "Bollywood dancing"!


And just for the fun of it, here are the films I've identified on these stamps (help me complete the list!)

Raja harichandra







Pather panchali

Kagaaz ke phool

Mera naam joker





Mother India



The cloud-capped star


Rédigé par yves

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<br /> What a great post, Yves! I can see how much effort must have gone into this. Thank you for sharing this with all of us. :-) Like Suja, I too wondered why Guiné-Bissau would've issued so many<br /> stamps with Indian actors featured on them, but I agree with your explanation on that...<br /> <br /> <br />  <br />
<br /> <br /> Hi DO, and thanks for your appreciation! Yes, and can you not wonder why Sierra Leone would've done that stamp on Missus Sherawat??! What links do Sierra Leone have with the nymphet? <br /> <br /> <br /> One more modest contribution is Titouan Lamazou's representation of "Nandita" (Das) which appeared in 2009 in a series "Femmes du monde"<br /> (; it was fun recognizing the actress whom he obviously didn't want to publicize that much, but whose importance he delicately<br /> suggested nevertheless. .<br /> <br /> <br /> <br />
<br /> What an interesting post Yves! Excellent research! I am mystified about why Guiné-Bissau would have SO many Bollywood related stamps...actually, I have to shamefacedly admit that I had to look up<br /> the map to find where the country is! Indian cinema is popular in a number of African countries I suppose.<br /> <br /> <br /> Cheers. Suja<br /> <br /> <br />  <br />
<br /> <br /> About Guiné-Bissau, my hunch is that they produce many stamps on many subjects without always having a very rigorous outlook on the subjects. I always used to think such countries seemed to churn<br /> out stamps without much reflection: perhaps this is wrong, at least for Bollywood, which does indeed seem to be very popular in some African countries!<br /> <br /> <br /> <br />
<br /> What a stupendous exercise!<br /> <br /> <br /> Really a collectors' item is this article.<br /> <br /> <br /> My personal gratitude would certainly fall too short an apprecaition for the service done to the Indian Cinema, hence let me thank on behalf of ALL the fans of Indian Cinema.<br />
<br /> <br /> Thanks Ashok for your exclamative appreciation, which made me smile! I'm really as pleased as you are, because I enjoyed the "exercise" very much myself!<br /> <br /> <br /> <br />