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Bombay Talkie (1970)

GP  |   |  Drama, Musical, Romance  |  18 October 1979 (Portugal)
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Lucia Lane, an English writer by way of the US, arrives in Bombay to watch the filming of one of her novels. She's nearing middle age, she's had several husbands, she's lonely and ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shashi Kapoor ...
Vikram
Jennifer Kendal ...
Lucia Lane
Zia Mohyeddin ...
Hari
Aparna Sen ...
Mala
Utpal Dutt ...
Bose
Nadira ...
Anjana Devi
Pinchoo Kapoor ...
Swamiji
Helen ...
Heroine in Gold
Usha Iyer ...
Cabaret Singer
Ruby Mayer ...
Gopal Ma (as Sulochana)
Prayag Raj ...
Director (as Prayag Raaj)
Jalal Agha ...
Young Man
Anwar Ali ...
Young Man
Mohan Nadkarni ...
Young Man
Sukhdev ...
Man at Bar
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Lucia Lane, an English writer by way of the US, arrives in Bombay to watch the filming of one of her novels. She's nearing middle age, she's had several husbands, she's lonely and self-absorbed. Hari, a screenwriter, offers to show her around. She's interested only in the film's leading man, Vikram, younger than she, married, and building a career as a matinee idol. Lucia takes every opportunity to be near "V," making scenes in front of his wife, demanding his attentions. Hari is long-suffering, carrying Lucia's messages to V, helping her out when the affair gets out of hand. Meanwhile, V's career suffers, with unpleasant repercussions. Who will bring things to a halt? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The giant typewriter prop has reportedly been the favorite ever movie set of the film's director James Ivory. See more »

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The film opens with the movie title shown on a carpet that is being carried across the street. The credits are then shown on billboards in different parts of town. See more »

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ex oriente lux
21 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

This movie is about the love affair of an western writer and an Indian film star. I liked it very much and the point I found most interesting is the western craving for eastern spirituality exemplified by the visit and internship of the heroine in an Indian guru. The movie presents the guru in a savage light, as a self-promoting socialite proud of his western connections. Whether it is questionable that all the exponents of eastern spirituality as such cranks the one in the movie is, thus a satirist perspective is adopted. The characters are shallow and self-absorbed and their lives hollow, the movie pointing to the emptiness of stardom.The end is tragic and the world-view exposed is close to that of Ecclesiastes. Despite that I found the couple of the protagonists very engaging since as Oscar Wilde said only shallow people refuse to judge by appearances.


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