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
Zia Mohyeddin
Utpal Dutt
Music by Shankar-Jaikishan
Cinematography Subrata Mitra
Release date
November 20, 1970
Running time
112 minutes
Language English
Budget 1.1 crore (equivalent to 39 crore or US$5.4 million in 2017)
Box office 0.55 crore (equivalent to 19 crore or US$2.7 million in 2017)

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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