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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 »
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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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Visually Compelling, Well-Acted and Unique See more (10 total) »

Cast

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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
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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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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Visually Compelling, Well-Acted and Unique, 27 December 2000
Author: endymion82 from San Francisco, CA

I don't know of many films that explore behind the scenes of the prolific Indian film industry, but I love the view into a new world offered by this one. In general, I like the films of Merchant-Ivory- they are almost always beautiful, well-crafted, well-acted and excellent at handling delicate subject matter, subtle emotions, and stories of character growth and psychology. I think BOMBAY TALKIE is one of the best, on par with the later triumphs of A ROOM WITH A VIEW, HOWARD'S END and REMAINS OF THE DAY. Visually, the movie has that stunning, crisp, breath-taking combination of color, light and space that made every frame of A ROOM WITH A VIEW so wonderful to watch- and the beauty of the film's (BOMBAY TALKIE)visuals are especially nice considering it was made in 1970. The use of music, singing and dance also bring an interesting quirkiness to the film, and help present the world of the characters- all of whom are interesting, especially the hero, his wife Marla (who gives a stunning performance), and his ex-girlfriend (the scene between her and the hero, once Lucia has left him to follow a guru, is one of the most beautifully executed late night conversation scenes I've ever seen, and gives so much insight into a relatively insignificant character's life and relationships- on par with the drinking scene in Hal Hartley's SIMPLE MEN). Most fantastic about this film was the screenplay- one of Ruth Prawer Jbvala's better ones, well-directed (as usual) by James Ivory. It is poetic, when it needs to be, sinister when the moment calls for it, and it ties nicely into the ending with excellent stops along the way to comment on Hollywood film making, sham-spiritualism quests by Westerners in India, the loneliness of art, the stupidity of petty, fear-controlled people, and the destructive quality of unhealthy obsession. A fine, enjoyable film, not at all dated, not for everyone by any means, but worth looking into if you're interested in seeing something different.

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