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February 1966 (UK) See more »
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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. | Add synopsis »
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Mere Paas Ma Hai
 (From Bollyspice. 12 May 2013, 2:16 PM, PDT)

Novelist and Screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala dies at age 85
 (From Flickeringmyth. 8 April 2013, 11:09 PM, PDT)

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala obituary
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 4 April 2013, 11:30 AM, PDT)

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The first Merchant/Ivory/Jhabvala collaboration See more (8 total) »

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Shashi Kapoor ... Prem Sagar
Leela Naidu ... Indu
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
Pro Sen ... Sohanlal
Jabeen Jalil ... Bobo
Ernest Castaldo ... Ernest

Directed by
James Ivory 
 
Writing credits
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (novel) (as R. Prawer Jhabvala)

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (screenplay) (as R. Prawer Jhabvala)

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (dialogue) (as R. Prawer Jhabvala)

Produced by
Ismail Merchant .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ali Akbar Khan  (as Ustad Ali Akbar Khan)
 
Cinematography by
Subrata Mitra 
 
Film Editing by
Raja Ram Khetle 
 
Costume Design by
Bettina Gill 
 
Makeup Department
Nath Grover .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Bhanu Ghosh .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Prayag Raj .... assistant director (as Prayag Raaj)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Shankar Chatterji .... assistant camera
Fatik Mazumdar .... assistant camera
Joy Mitra .... assistant camera
 
Music Department
Vanraj Bhatia .... composer: incidental music
Ali Akbar Khan .... composer: additional music
Jyotirindra Moitra .... composer: incidental music
 
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Jai Dey .... assistant: Ustad Ali Akbar Khan
Ballen Dutt .... production coordinator
Riaz Hafizka .... production controller
 

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100 min
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Referenced in The Darjeeling Limited (2007)See more »

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The first Merchant/Ivory/Jhabvala collaboration, 10 September 2011
Author: Red-125 from Upstate New York

The Householder (1963) was directed by James Ivory, produced by Ismail Merchant, and written by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. This movie has a relatively simple plot, but in some ways the themes are universal. The well-know Indian actor Shashi Kapoor plays Prem Sagar, a young college professor who is bullied by his employer, his colleagues, and his students. His young wife, Indu, is portrayed by the beautiful Leela Naidu, a former Miss India. She is beset on all sides--by Prem's inadequate income, his comparisons of her cooking with his mother's superior cooking, and by what he perceives as his new wife's lack of intelligence and social skills. Then, to compound the problems, his mother (Durga Khote) comes to visit and dominates the lives of both young people.

Prem seeks advice from a friend to whom he looks for guidance, and from an American hippie, who takes him to visit a holy and virtuous man. The remainder of the plot consists of Prem's attempts to bring order and harmony to his life.

This film is almost 50 years old, shot in black and white, with low production values. It's worlds away (literally and figuratively) from the later Merchant/Ivory/Jhabvala movies. However, even if it's not slick, it has real merits and is worth seeking out and viewing.

We saw the movie on the TCM channel, as part of a series of Merchant/Ivory films. It worked well on the small screen. See it and judge for yourself.

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