Shakespeare Wallah

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Shakespeare Wallah
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DVD cover
Directed by James Ivory
Produced by Ismail Merchant
Written by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Starring Shashi Kapoor
Felicity Kendal
Madhur Jaffrey
Geoffrey Kendal
Partap Sharma
Music by Satyajit Ray
Cinematography Subrata Mitra
Edited by Amit Bose
Release dates 1965
Running time 120 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Shakespeare Wallah is a 1965 Merchant Ivory Productions film. The story and screenplay are by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala about a travelling family theatre troupe of English actors in India, who perform Shakespeare plays in towns across India, amidst a dwindling demand for their work and the rise of Bollywood. Madhur Jaffrey won the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the 15th Berlin International Film Festival for her performance. The music was composed by Satyajit Ray.[1]

Plot[edit]

Loosely based on the real-life actor-mananger Geoffrey Kendal family and his "Shakespeareana Company" of travelling theatre, which earned him the Indian sobriquet, "Shakespearewallah". The film follows the story of nomadic British actors as they perform Shakespeare plays in towns in post-colonial India.[2] In this story, Tony Buckingham (Geoffrey Kendal) and his wife Carla (Laura Liddell) 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.

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

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

After the success of the first film, The Householder (1963), the team of Ivory and Merchant reunited with screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and actor Shashi Kapoor for this film. Due to budget constraints the film was shot in black and white, and the Kendal family play their own fictionalized counterparts, 'the Buckinghams'.[3][4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Berlinale 1965: Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2010-02-21. 
  2. ^ "Obituary: Geoffrey Kendal". The Indepependent. 15 June 1998. Retrieved Feb 21, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Shakespeare Wallah: James Ivory". TIFF. Retrieved Feb 21, 2013. 
  4. ^ Keller, p. 42

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