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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 ...
Indu
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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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February 1966 (UK)  »

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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 gem! go watch it
5 September 2014 | by See all my reviews

A English language Indian film thats simply superb!

A sweet story of a newly married couple set around 60's India. The movie makes you nostalgic, Shashi Kapoor is fantastic. The film is shot in the old delhi and I think the essence of it hasn't changed since then. The movie reminds you of a well made play. The film is very honest in terms of portraying the normal (yet interesting) life of a newly married couple.

I wish there were more Indian movies made like this. Its amazing, a film this old is actually so much more much better, funny, and enjoyable than a lot of the Bollywood movies made today.

Go watch it and relish life.


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