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The Householder (1963)

 |  Comedy, Drama  |  February 1966 (UK)
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A young Indian newlywed finds his independent wife troublesome and seeks help and advice from his overbearing mother, a supposedly worldly wise friend, an American seeker of enlightenment and a swami.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shashi Kapoor ...
Prem Sagar
Leela Naidu ...
Durga Khote ...
The Mother
Achala Sachdev ...
Mrs. Saigal
Harindranath Chattopadhyay ...
Mr. Chadda (as Harin Chattopadayaya)
Pahadi Sanyal ...
The Swami (as Pahari Sanyal)
Romesh Thapar ...
Mr. Khanna
Walter Woolf King ...
Professor (as Walter King)
Patsy Dance ...
Kitty
Indu Lele ...
Mrs. Khanna
Prayag Raj ...
Raj (as Prayag Raaj)
Pinchoo Kapoor ...
Mr. Saigal
Praveen Paul ...
2nd Lady
Usha Amin ...
1st Lady
Shama Beg ...
Mrs. Raj
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A young Indian newlywed finds his independent wife troublesome and seeks help and advice from his overbearing mother, a supposedly worldly wise friend, an American seeker of enlightenment and a swami.

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Gharbar  »

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Ismail Merchant performed a number of roles, both credited and uncredited on this picture. Merchant was producer, lawyer and contracts drafter, manager, cook, driver, accountant, production manager and made an uncredited cameo appearance. See more »

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Referenced in The Darjeeling Limited (2007) See more »

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Hooray for the ordinary guy!
12 December 2005 | by (Denver CO, USA) – See all my reviews

The Householder is a bit dated--filmed in the early 60s--but it bears a message that's rarely seen.

The movie begins with Prem and his young wife discussing a wedding they'll attend. At the wedding, Prem notices that the bride groom seems fretful. He tells the groom that there's nothing to worry about and proceeds to tell the story of his first year of marriage. His memories are shown in flashback and make up almost all of the rest of the movie.

Prem is married to Indu in an arranged marriage. The newlyweds have a difficult time adjusting to married life. Prem faces a host of problems--a low-paying job in which he's bullied by practically everyone, a drunken landlord, a contentious relationship between his mother and his new wife, and impractical advice from his best friend.

Along the way, Prem befriends the aptly-named Ernest, an American spiritual seeker. (Take note of what Ernest is doing when he's introduced--it's a really funny visual pun!) Prem has a lot to sort out, but in the end, he finds happiness.


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