Bombay Talkie

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Bombay Talkie
Directed by James Ivory
Produced by Ismail Merchant
Written by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
James Ivory
Starring Shashi Kapoor
Jennifer Kendal
Aparna Sen
Utpal Dutt
Music by Shankar-Jaikishan
Cinematography Subrata Mitra
Release date(s) November 18, 1970
Running time 112 minutes
Language English
Disambiguation: For the Scottish Bhangra band, see Bombay Talkie (band)

Bombay Talkie (1970) is a film by Merchant Ivory Productions, with a screenplay by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and James Ivory. Bombay Talkies was a film studio that made films in the early years of the Hindi film industry.


Lucia Lane (Jennifer Kendal) is a British author who is researching the Bollywood film industry. She falls in love and has an affair with Vikram (Shashi Kapoor), a famous Bollywood actor. The plot is complicated by the fact that Vikram is married, and his friend, Hari, is in love with Lucia.

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The film's song "Typewriter, Tip, Tip" (Music: Shankar-Jaikishan, Lyrics: Hasrat Jaipuri) and the opening credits theme (composed by Satyajit Ray) were used in the Wes Anderson film The Darjeeling Limited and on Geoff Lloyd's Hometime Show.

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