- Shakespeare Wallah
Infobox Film | name = Shakespeare Wallah
director = James Ivory
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Shashi Kapoor Jennifer Kendal Felicity Kendal
Madhur Jaffrey Geoffrey Kendal Partap Sharma
released = 1965
language = English
imdb_id = 0059709
"Shakespeare Wallah" (1965) was
Merchant Ivory Productions' first important film. The story and screenplay are by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. This film also marked the first important collaboration with Jhabvala.
Loosely based on the real-life Kendal family, this film follows the story of nomadic British actors as they perform in towns in post-colonial
Indiaperforming plays by Shakespeare. In this story, Tony Buckingham ( Geoffrey Kendal) and his wife Carla (Laura Lidell) oversee the troupe. Their daughter, Lizzie Buckingham ( Felicity Kendal), falls in love with Sanju ( Shashi Kapoor), who is also romancing Manjula ( Madhur Jaffrey) a Bollywoodfilm star.
* Rather than Felicity,
Shashi Kapoorfell in love with her elder sister Jennifer Kendalin real life. Their marriage would provide an important contribution to the Indian film industry until Kendal's death in 1984.
* [http://www.merchantivory.com/shakespeare.html Merchant Ivory overview]
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