The Householder (1963)





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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.
Classics , Comedy , Drama
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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
Patsy Dance
as Kitty
Walter Woolf King
as Professor
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Critic Reviews for The Householder

All Critics (2)

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

January 26, 2009

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July 6, 2005

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.

Gregory Wood
Gregory Wood

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.

Matt Gilbert
Matt Gilbert

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