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Release Year: 1965

Rating: 7.0/10 ( voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: James Ivory

Stars: Shashi Kapoor, Felicity Kendal, Geoffrey Kendal

The story of a family troupe of English actors in India. They travel around the towns and villages giving performances of Shakespearean plays. Through their travels we see the changing face of India as the old is replaced by the new, Maharajas become hotel owners, sports become more important than culture and the theater is replaced by Bolliwood movies. Based on the travels of

Writers: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, James Ivory, Shashi Kapoor, Felicity Kendal, Geoffrey Kendal, Shashi Kapoor, Felicity Kendal, Geoffrey Kendal, Laura Liddell, Madhur Jaffrey, Utpal Dutt, Praveen Paul, Prayag Raj, Pinchoo Kapoor, Jim D. Tytler, Hamid Sayani, Marcus Murch, Partap Sharma, , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Shashi Kapoor - Sanju
Felicity Kendal - Lizzie Buckingham
Geoffrey Kendal - Mr. Tony Buckingham
Laura Liddell - Mrs. Carla Buckingham
Madhur Jaffrey - Manjula
Utpal Dutt - Maharaja
Praveen Paul - Didi
Prayag Raj - Sharmaji (as Prayag Raaj)
Pinchoo Kapoor - Guptaji
Jim D. Tytler - Bobby (as Jim Tytler)
Hamid Sayani - Headmaster's Brother
Marcus Murch - Dandy in 'The Critic'
Partap Sharma - Aslam


Official Website: Merchant Ivory Productions [United States]

Country: USA

Language: English, Hindi

Release Date: 3 Jan 1965

Filming Locations: Bombay, Hyderabad, Telangana, India

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User Review


Rating: 7/10

I have watched Merchant-Ivory productions in the cinemas of my native country and was impressed by the fine evocations of the times they presented added obviously by a considerable budget for costumes and technical apparatuses. This situation does not exist in this movie which is poorer but still very fine. The relationship between English and Indians as well the antithesis between the quality theatre and the emerging native movie industry exemplified in the the feud between the English girl and the Indian movie star vying for the heart of the male character was impressive, although being neither English or Indian I could not escape the conclusion that the English were associated with quality theatre while the Indians with popular movies and this equation obviously had a qualitative element in it. The version I saw did not contain subtitles therefore I had some difficulty apprehending the Shakeaspearian performances which are interspersed in the movie. Nevertheless it is a movie I recommend since what I like most was the general impression it conveyed.


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