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Director:
Writers:
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (screenplay) &
James Ivory (screenplay)
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Release Date:
18 October 1979 (Portugal) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
Lucia Lane, an English writer by way of the US, arrives in Bombay to watch the filming of one of her novels... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Very dated film, best not to revisit See more (10 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
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
Harbans Darshan M. Arora ... Man at Bar (as Harbans Darshan)
Mirza Musharraf ... Fan (as Mirza Mushraff)
Sonoo Arora ... Heroine in Red
Sudarshan Dhir ... Choreographer
Peter Howard ... Ashram Inmates
Angelika Saleh ... Ashram Inmates
Nicholas Lear ... Ashram Inmates
Tommy Reeves ... Ashram Inmates (as Tom Reeves)
David Gladwell ... Ashram Inmates
Iftekhar ... Vizarat Khan
Kamala Mehra ... Operator
Dattaram Wadkar ... Playback Singer (as Ditta Ram)
Mohan Dingra ... Jeweller
Saudagar Singh ... Wrestlers
Vasant Singh ... Wrestlers
Avadh N. Singh ... Referee
Shama Hussein ... Two Ladies
Indu Lele ... Two Ladies
Louis de Souza ... Servant

Ismail Merchant ... Fate Machine Producer

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

Produced by
Ismail Merchant .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jaikishan Dayabhai Panchal  (as Jaikishan)
Shankarsingh Raghuwanshi  (as Shankar)
 
Cinematography by
Subrata Mitra 
 
Film Editing by
David Gladwell 
 
Production Design by
A. Rangaraj  (as A. Ranga Raj)
 
Makeup Department
Nath Grover .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Narendra Kumar .... production manager
Abbas Shaikh .... assistant production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Shama Habibullah .... third assistant director
Awtar Krishna Kaul .... second assistant director (as Awtar Kaul)
Tommy Reeves .... assistant director (as Tom Reeves)
 
Art Department
Gyanchand .... property master
 
Sound Department
Mangesh Desai .... sound re-recordist
A.K. Parmar .... sound re-recordist
Narinder Singh .... sound recordist (as Narenda Singh)
Prabhakar Supare .... sound editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
M.B. Ansari .... electrician
Adeep Tandon .... assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Hassan Sheikh .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
John Dowdell .... telecine colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Asha Bhosle .... playback singer
Kishore Kumar .... playback singer
Mohammad Rafi .... playback singer
Shankar-Jaikishan .... musical director
Usha Uthup .... playback singer
 
Other crew
Sudarshan Dhir .... choreographer
Mohan Sawh .... unit publicist (as Mohan S. Bawa)
Mohamed Shafi .... production controller
 

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Runtime:
112 min | UK:105 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Amitabh Bachchan was signed as an extra, when Shashi Kapoor saw him on the sets and asked him 'What are you doing here?' Amitabh replied he had to say this line and he would get Rs 50 for it. Shashi said, 'Don't be silly. I am not going to allow you to do this. You are destined for better things.' Shashi Kapoor got Amitabh's scene removed, Amitabh didn't like this he wasn't too happy to lose out on the money.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The Wandering Company (1984) (TV)See more »

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6 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Very dated film, best not to revisit, 14 September 2000
Author: GMeleJr from Miami & Sao Paulo, BR

This 1970 movie starring the then Indian heart throb Shashi Kapoor, and his long time wife Jennifer Kendal, or Kapoor (billed with one or the other name in her films)is in a time warp. An early merchant-Ivory production, it shows how far this duo and their other usual collaborators have come. On another level, to see what Bombay looked like 30 years ago, compared to what it is today is a shocking experience in time travel. To see Shashi Kapoor as a slim youthful sex symbol today, when one has been seeing him in the 90s, say, in 'IN CUSTODY.' as an incredibly obese old dying man with now lightened hair, is also one of the most striking transformations of any former sex symbol in history. Marlon Brando resembles his former self much more than Kapoor, just to hint at the transformation. Another step back in time is to see Kapoor's long time wife (married from 1958 until her death from cancer in September 1984) in essence playing herself. Except for the refreshing, nostalgic look at Bombay, the other subjects this film features are best left alone, like the dead. What you will see is very depressing. And the entire theme of the movie, already weak in 1970, is completely irrelevant now. Spare yourself the pain. I only got through it because I didn't realize the youthful, healthy Kapoor was the monstrously looking creature he is today. And even when the utter bitchiness of the late Jennifer Kendal had me on the edge, I stuck it out through the rest of the film. But it is an experience I would not recommend.

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