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Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (screenplay) &
James Ivory (screenplay)
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Release Date:
18 October 1979 (Portugal) See more »
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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Decadent, selfish characters with no social consciences - skip this surprising dud See more (10 total) »


  (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
Joseph Saleh .... financier
Mohan Sawh .... unit publicist (as Mohan S. Bawa)
Mohamed Shafi .... production controller

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Additional Details

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

Actor Louis de Souza portrayed a character, "Louis the Servant", who had the same first name as his own.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Darjeeling Limited (2007)See more »


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7 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Decadent, selfish characters with no social consciences - skip this surprising dud, 29 August 2003
Author: Dilip Barman ( from Durham, NC (USA)

To the point - depressing with almost no redeeming qualities. If you want to see a movie about decadent society where the characters live in their own world, totally selfish and painfully and immaturely oblivious to how their actions may affect others, or if you can at least get over this, you may enjoy the sets of a movie in the movie and perhaps some of the costumes. I picked up this video from my public library expecting something great from Merchant-Ivory-Jhabvala, but was badly disappointed. Sometimes a film leaves you feeling sad and incredulous, and usually when it does, it is for good reason, causing you to focus on elements of human nature or society and perhaps moving us to action. This film left me with negative feelings, but with very little good to remember or be inspired by. I wish I hadn't seen it - but I may have missed something that others may find corresponds to good film. 3 or 4 stars out of 10.

--Dilip, written minutes after watching this video on Aug. 29, 2003

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