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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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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:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The song Mere Angane Mein from Laawaris first appears in this film. Its a old Indian folk song.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Darjeeling Limited (2007)See more »

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
ex oriente lux, 21 September 2006

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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