Shakespeare Wallah (1965)

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Lizzie (Felicity Kendal) is an actress in a Shakespearean theater troupe that has seen better days. The troupe tours India to dwindling crowds who are less interested in all things British in the wake of Indian independence. When she has an affair with the Indian playboy Sanju (Shashi Kapoor), Lizzie feels the wrath of her disapproving father Tony (Geoffrey Kendal) and her mother Carla (Laura Liddell). Madhur Jaffrey plays the role of the Indian actress Manjula in this romantic drama with musical score from Satyajit Ray.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Classics , Drama , Romance
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Criterion Collection

Cast

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
Prayag Raaj
as Sharmaji
Pincho Kapoor
as Guptaji
Hamid Sayani
as Headmaster's Brother
Sudershan
as Director
Jennifer Kapoor
as Mrs. Bowen
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Critic Reviews for Shakespeare Wallah

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

No excerpt available.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

No excerpt available.

Full Review… | March 30, 2008
Newsweek
Top Critic

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Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Very delicate and lovely.

Full Review… | May 8, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Ivory is particularly acute in catching the peculiar matrix of moods and emotions that hold the troupe together and which keep the British and the Indians from ever really understanding each other.

Full Review… | July 3, 2004
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

... a bittersweet drama of the twilight of a theatrical way of life.

Full Review… | December 17, 2011
Turner Classic Movies Online

Audience Reviews for Shakespeare Wallah

½

Particularly acute in catching the peculiar matrix of moods and emotions that hold the troupe together and which keep the British and the Indians from ever really understanding each other.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo
½

An early Merchant/Ivory film featuring the real life Kendal family (including a very young Felicity) as members of a traveling Shakespeare company in post-independance India. Rather enjoyable with nice cinematography and a stealing performance from Madhur Jaffrey as the Bollywood Queen though the ending felt a little rushed and dissatisfying.

Emily B.
Emily B.

Super Reviewer

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