Release date1965 WriterRuth Prawer Jhabvala (story), James Ivory (story) Initial releaseDecember 1965 (United Kingdom) CastShashi Kapoor (Sanju), Felicity Kendal (Lizzie Buckingham), Geoffrey Kendal (Mr Tony Buckingham), Madhur Jaffrey (Manjula), Laura Liddell (Mrs Carla Buckingham) Similar moviesRelated James Ivory movies
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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.
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Loosely based on the real-life actor-manager 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. 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.
Shashi Kapoor as Sanju
Felicity Kendal as Lizzie Buckingham
Geoffrey Kendal as Mr. Tony Buckingham
Laura Liddell as Mrs. Carla Buckingham
Madhur Jaffrey as Manjula
Utpal Dutt as Maharaja
Praveen Paul as Didi
Prayag Raj as Sharmaji (as Prayag Raaj)
Pinchoo Kapoor as Guptaji
Jim D. Tytler as Bobby (as Jim Tytler)
Hamid Sayani as Headmaster's Brother
Marcus Murch as Dandy in 'The Critic'
Partap Sharma as Aslam
Jennifer Kendal as Mrs. Bowen (uncredited)
Ismail Merchant as Theater Owner (uncredited)
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".