Heat and Dust (film)

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Heat and Dust
Heat and dust.jpg
Theatrical release poster by Drew Struzan
Directed by James Ivory
Produced by Ismail Merchant
Written by Saeed Jaffrey
Based on Heat and Dust 
by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Starring Julie Christie
Greta Scacchi
Shashi Kapoor
Zakir Hussain
Music by Richard Robbins
Zakir Hussain
Cinematography Walter Lassally
Edited by Humphrey Dixon
Distributed by Curzon Film Distributors (UK)
Universal Classics (US)
Release dates
  • January 1, 1983 (1983-01-01) (UK)
  • September 15, 1983 (1983-09-15) (US)
Running time
133 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget ₤2 million[1]
Box office $1,741,435

Heat and Dust is a 1983 romantic drama film with a screenplay by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala based upon her novel, Heat and Dust. It was directed by James Ivory and produced by Ismail Merchant. Ivory performed tanpura for score music with Zakir Hussain's tabla.

According to the Museum of Broadcast Communications there was "a cycle of film and television productions which emerged during the first half of the 1980s, which seemed to indicate Britain's growing preoccupation with India, Empire and a particular aspect of British cultural history" [1]. In addition to Heat and Dust, this cycle included Gandhi (1982), The Jewel in the Crown (1984), The Far Pavilions (1984) and A Passage to India (1984). The film was entered into the 1983 Cannes Film Festival.[2]

Plot summary[edit]

Summary from Merchant Ivory website


The 1920s

Civil Lines at Satipur

at the Palace in Khatm

The 1980s
in Satipur Town
Rest of cast


  1. ^ Horne, Nigel. "The Merchant of Florence." Sunday Times [London, England] 2 June 1985: 39. The Sunday Times Digital Archive. Web. 19 Apr. 2014.
  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Heat and Dust". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-06-14. 

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