Ruth Prawer Jhabvala: Shakespeare Wallah (1174 words)


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Produced by Ismail Merchant. Directed by James Ivory. Starring Geoffrey Kendal, Laura Lidell, Felicity Kendal, Shashi Kapoor, Madhur Jaffrey, Jennifer Kendal, Uptal Dutt. English. Black and White. 117 minutes approx.

Shakespeare Wallah is a Merchant Ivory Productions’ film released in 1965. The screenplay was written by James Ivory and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, and is loosely based on the British actor Geoffrey Kendal’s diaries. Kendal’s diaries recount his experiences of travelling throughout India, performing Shakespeare’s plays with his Shakespeareana Company in 1947, although the chronology of the film is set in the broader context of postcolonial India. The score was composed by the prolific Indian filmmaker …

Citation: O'Brien, Shauna. "Shakespeare Wallah". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 04 February 2015 [, accessed 19 June 2021.]

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