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The Householder (1963)

A young Indian newlywed finds his independent wife troublesome and seeks help and advice from his overbearing mother, a supposedly worldly wise friend, an American seeker of enlightenment and a swami.

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Prem Sagar
Leela Naidu ...
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The Mother
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Mrs. Saigal
Harindranath Chattopadhyay ...
Mr. Chadda (as Harin Chattopadayaya)
Pahadi Sanyal ...
The Swami (as Pahari Sanyal)
Romesh Thapar ...
Mr. Khanna
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Professor (as Walter King)
Patsy Dance ...
Kitty
Indu Lele ...
Mrs. Khanna
Prayag Raj ...
Raj (as Prayag Raaj)
Pinchoo Kapoor ...
Mr. Saigal
Praveen Paul ...
2nd Lady
Usha Amin ...
1st Lady
Shama Beg ...
Mrs. Raj
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A young Indian newlywed finds his independent wife troublesome and seeks help and advice from his overbearing mother, a supposedly worldly wise friend, an American seeker of enlightenment and a swami.

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The Merchant Ivory official website states: "In 1961, Ismail Merchant and James Ivory paid a visit to the German-born novelist Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, then living in Delhi, with a proposal to make a film of her novel 'The Householder'. Jhabvala agreed. She wrote the screenplay for the film herself, in ten days, and the Merchant-Ivory-Jhabvala partnership was inaugurated." See more »

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A Great Little GEM! Don't miss it!
27 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

Well, only if you have some deep psychotic Indian adventure, you'll understand the actual conflict taking place in the main character (a Shashi Kapoor at his best!), as in one of the most typical themes found in the novels of Hermann Hesse: is the spiritual life so much different from the material life? In India as elsewhere too, people left kingdoms to become beggars and realize the Truth; in time some Saints demonstrated realization of the Highest cannot be a consequence of the manner this body lives. This theme is quite complex and convoluted, but here Ivory deals with it in such a fair and light manner; you may even feel to watch a neo-realistic movie, as the environments and characters are dealt with. Tender and at the same time raw, sometime even fun in its small tragedy... Very touching is the sequence when you hear some devotees singing a beautiful sacred Bhajan in the forest to a Saint looking so much as the late Shri J. Krishnamurti, who sings a couplet from Kabir's poetry...


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