Shakespeare Wallah, starring Shashi Kapoor, Madhur Jaffrey, and Felicity Kendal, is inspired by the real-life adventures of Kendal’s family—a traveling theater group in India during the final days of English colonial rule. Trying to stage Shakespeare plays for the general public, the troupe is unable to compete with the popular Bollywood film industry.

Preceded by: 
The Creation of Woman (directed by Charles F. Schwep, India/USA, 1961, 14 min.)
Ismail Merchant produced this story of the Hindu god Brahma. Photographed in bold colors, the parable is set to music and dance, with Bhaskar Roy Chaudhuri performing his sensual and athletic dance of Shiva.

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James Ivory
Running Time
122 minutes
Digital, B/W