Shakespeare Wallah

Shakespeare Wallah

Infobox Film | name = Shakespeare Wallah

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director = James Ivory
producer = Ismail Merchant
writer = Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
starring = Shashi Kapoor
Jennifer Kendal
Felicity Kendal
Madhur Jaffrey
Geoffrey Kendal
Partap Sharma
music = Satyajit Ray
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released = 1965
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language = English
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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.

Plot synopsis

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 India performing 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 Bollywood film star.


* Rather than Felicity, Shashi Kapoor fell in love with her elder sister Jennifer Kendal in real life. Their marriage would provide an important contribution to the Indian film industry until Kendal's death in 1984.

External links

* [ Merchant Ivory overview]

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