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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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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 
 
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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
 
Other crew
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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James Ivory's excellent first film, 8 August 2012
Author: robert-temple-1 from United Kingdom

This is a very sensitive and well directed first film by James Ivory, made two years before his famous Shakespeare WALLAH (1965, see my review). Both films star Shashi Kapoor, who had already been acting for some time, as he was aged 25 by this time, though looked younger. The film is based upon a novel by Ivory's future long-term screen-writer collaborator, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, and she also wrote the screenplay. The cinematographer is Subrata Mitra, the brilliant cinematographer of Satyajit Ray's APU trilogy and numerous others of Ray's best and most famous films, and who was to work with Ivory again on Shakespeare WALLAH. There is no doubt that part of the reason for Ivory's early success was having Mitra at his side, and that the powerful camera work, framing, and lighting were essential to the mood and conviction of the films. Ismail Merchant was the producer, and the music of Ali Akbar Khan and three subsidiary composers is very powerful and evocative of mood as well. The film is made entirely in English. It is an extremely sensitive portrayal of a young Indian couple, living a traditional life on a small income, who have had an arranged marriage and are trying to get along with one another. The film shows how they begin by bickering and mutual annoyance, tinged with dislike, and gradually grow to love one another. It has often been said that Indian couples tend to fall in love after rather than before marriage, and if there be any truth in that, this film shows how it can happen. The young wife is played by the actress Leela Naidu (1940-2009), a beautiful young woman who was at one time Miss India and who had a wonderful acting talent. It is a pity she made so few films. This exquisitely sensitive performance may be her finest lasting testament. Kapoor plays a struggling young teacher, and there are some amazingly comic and poignant scenes in the school where he teaches. The story involves 'the mother in law from hell' turning up to live with the young couple. Brilliantly played by Durga Khote, this self-absorbed, bullying, intolerable creature tries her best to ruin the marriage. For an insight into life in India at this time, and to a large extent today as well, this film is uniquely informative and should be seen by anyone interested in the subject. There are so many fascinating characters, who are so wonderfully portrayed, such as a swami who sits in a grove of trees just like Prince Siddhartha the Buddha once did, and is frequented by people seeking wisdom. There are some crazy, phoney and annoying Americans seeking 'enlightenment', and Ivory, who was himself an American, must have had fun ridiculing those of his compatriots in India who most irritated him. Really, this film is a must-see for anyone interested in these things, and it is a genuine work of art. It heralded what was to turn into the brilliant joint cinematic careers of James Ivory, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, and Ismail Merchant, who together made many of the most memorable classic films in the entire history of world cinema, encompassing stories set in India, Britain, America, France, and Italy, and immortalizing many of the Henry James and E. M. Forster novels for the screen.

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