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Shakespeare-Wallah (1965)

Not Rated | | Drama | December 1965 (UK)
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The story of a family troupe of English actors in India. They travel around the towns and villages giving performances of Shakespearean plays. Through their travels we see the changing face... See full summary »

Director:

James Ivory

Writers:

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (story and screenplay) (as R. Prawer Jhabvala), James Ivory (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Shashi Kapoor ... Sanju
Felicity Kendal ... Lizzie Buckingham
Geoffrey Kendal Geoffrey Kendal ... Mr. Tony Buckingham
Laura Liddell Laura Liddell ... Mrs. Carla Buckingham
Madhur Jaffrey ... Manjula
Utpal Dutt ... Maharaja
Praveen Paul Praveen Paul ... Didi
Prayag Raj Prayag Raj ... Sharmaji (as Prayag Raaj)
Pinchoo Kapoor ... Guptaji
Jim D. Tytler Jim D. Tytler ... Bobby (as Jim Tytler)
Hamid Sayani Hamid Sayani ... Headmaster's Brother
Marcus Murch Marcus Murch ... Dandy in 'The Critic'
Partap Sharma Partap Sharma ... Aslam
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The story of a family troupe of English actors in India. They travel around the towns and villages giving performances of Shakespearean plays. Through their travels we see the changing face of India as the old is replaced by the new, Maharajas become hotel owners, sports become more important than culture and the theater is replaced by Bolliwood movies. Based on the travels of Geoffrey Kendal with his daughter Felicity Kendal. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA | India

Language:

English | Hindi

Release Date:

December 1965 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Shakespeare Wallah See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,378, 12 November 2017

Gross USA:

$4,650

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,650
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Felicity Kendal, who plays Lizzie and Geoffrey Kendal and Laura Liddell are also mother, father and daughter in real life, and just like in the movie they actually were a traveling Shakespeare troupe in India. Their other daughter, Jennifer Kendal, plays "Mrs. Bowen" and is the real life wife of Shashi Kooper who plays Sanju. See more »

Quotes

Bobby: [Speaking to Lizzie] And when you're young, you never think. And when you're old... you're too tired to think.
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Connections

Referenced in The Darjeeling Limited (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Dil dharke
Music by Prayag Raj (as Prayag Raaj)
Lyrics by Prayag Raj (as Prayag Raaj)
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I think your background will greatly influence how much you enjoy this rather wistful film.
26 February 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Shakespeare-Wallah" is a rather wistful view of the last remaining vestiges of British India. The film is set less than two decades after the independence of India and follows a small company of British expatriates who travel this huge nation putting on Shakespearean productions. The problem is that with the British Empire a thing of the past, interest in India in Shakespeare has clearly waned and the new king of entertainment, Bollywood, is contrasted in the film. It's all a bit sad for some to look at these people desperately trying to hold on to the past--though others, such as modern Indians, might look at things VERY differently. As for this American, it's a strange film as you are looking at a movie that glamorizes the past--a past folks in my country cannot relate to nor appreciate. My guess is that this film (directly, oddly, by an American, James Ivory) would be much greater appreciated by older Brits who can remember when India was the crown jewel, so they said, of the Empire.

As for the quality of the film, the acting and direction are good though the pace and subject matter of the film left me flat. Not a bad film but a far cry from the beautiful Merchant-Ivory productions to come. I did notice that the style of the film and focus on more ordinary folks was reminiscent of the films of Satyajit Ray and not like the more contemporary Indian musical we've come to expect from this nation.


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