Bombay Talkie

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Bombay Talkie
Directed byJames Ivory
Produced byIsmail Merchant
Written byRuth Prawer Jhabvala
James Ivory
StarringShashi Kapoor
Jennifer Kendal
Aparna Sen
Zia Mohyeddin
Utpal Dutt
Music byShankar-Jaikishan
CinematographySubrata Mitra
Release date
November 20, 1970
Running time
112 minutes
Budget1.1 crore (equivalent to 41 crore or US$5.9 million in 2018)
Box office0.55 crore (equivalent to 20 crore or US$2.9 million in 2018)

Bombay Talkie is a 1970 film by Merchant Ivory Productions, with a screenplay by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and James Ivory.


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 (Zia Mohyeddin), is in love with Lucia.


Serial Song Title Singer(s)
1 "Good Times and Bad Times" Usha Uthup
2 "Hari Om Tatsat" Usha Uthup
3 "Tum Mere Pyaar Ki" Mohammed Rafi
4 "Type Writer" Asha Bhosle and Kishore Kumar



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

Amitabh Bachchan played a minuscule role in the movie. The actor confessed in an interview that Shashi Kapoor chided him for doing the role as he foresaw greater potential in Bachchan.[2]


  1. ^ "Bombay Talkie (1971) - Hindi Movie Songs - Bollywood MuVyz". Bombay Talkie (1971) - Hindi Movie Songs - Bollywood MuVyz.
  2. ^ "The Enigmatic Kapoor". Daily Pioneer.

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