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The Householder (1963)

The Householder





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This pleasant, low-key domestic comedy details the travails of a young married couple. The husband had wanted no part of the arranged marriage in the first place: now he must not only deal with a virtual stranger for a wife, but also a passel of financial headaches.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 27, 2004
Criterion Collection


Shashi Kapoor
as Prem Sagar
Durga Khote
as The Mother
Pro Sen
as Sohanlal
Romesh Thappar
as Mr. Khanna
Indu Lele
as Mrs. Khanna
Achala Sachdev
as Mrs. Saigal
Pincho Kapoor
as Mr. Saigal
Shama Beg
as Mrs. Raj
Usha Amin
as 1st Lady
Praveen Paul
as 2nd Lady
Pahari Snayal
as The Swami
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Critic Reviews for The Householder

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

An early Merchant-Ivory work, fresher than their more recent fare.

January 27, 2009

July 6, 2005

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for The Householder

the first merchant ivory movie shows lots of promise in this low key like most of their movies a low key domestic comedy.

The liner notes for this one stated it was a "comedy." There was a gag involving hair and flies that briefly resembled humor, but other than that, I didn't get the joke. The beautiful Leela Naidu stole every scene she was in. Unfortunately the film's focus was on the whiney Shashi Kapoor, who was unable to gain my sympathy or interest until nearly the last 10 minutes of the film. If you're having trouble sleeping at night, lie down, get comfortable and put this film on.

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