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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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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

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James Ivory 
 
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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
 
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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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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
A Great Little GEM! Don't miss it!, 27 April 2006
Author: DigIt

Well, only if you have some deep psychotic Indian adventure, you'll understand the actual conflict taking place in the main character (a Shashi Kapoor at his best!), as in one of the most typical themes found in the novels of Hermann Hesse: is the spiritual life so much different from the material life? In India as elsewhere too, people left kingdoms to become beggars and realize the Truth; in time some Saints demonstrated realization of the Highest cannot be a consequence of the manner this body lives. This theme is quite complex and convoluted, but here Ivory deals with it in such a fair and light manner; you may even feel to watch a neo-realistic movie, as the environments and characters are dealt with. Tender and at the same time raw, sometime even fun in its small tragedy... Very touching is the sequence when you hear some devotees singing a beautiful sacred Bhajan in the forest to a Saint looking so much as the late Shri J. Krishnamurti, who sings a couplet from Kabir's poetry...

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