- Rated: Unrated
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 51 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: September 23, 2003
- Originally Released: 1970
- Label: Merchant Ivory
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: This is a new, Digital Transfer.
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.78
- Additional Release Material:
- "Helen, Queen of the Nautch Girls" - Documentary Short About the Legendary Bollywood Dancer, Helen
- "Conversations With the Filmmakers"
Performers, Cast and Crew:
An early Merchant-Ivory film, BOMBAY TALKIE opens with a send-up of India's lavish musicals as dancers cavort on a giant typewriter in a hilarious production number. However, the film is mostly a somber character study about best-selling English novelist Lucia Lane (Jennifer Kendal), who comes to Bombay in search of creative inspiration. She soon becomes involved with impoverished film writer Hari (Zia Mohyeddi) and handsome and successful married film star Vikram (Shashi Kapoor). Vikram's suffering wife, Mala (Aparna Sen), is barren and Vikram is seduced by Lucia's romantic, self-involved ways. The two begin an affair that soon becomes destructive. Director James Ivory explores the relationship between the cultures of India and England through the analogy of the lead characters' volatile relationship. The film, shot on location on the streets of Bombay, is immersed in a memorable, evocative atmosphere.
A successful English novelist comes to India in search of new sensations in BOMBAY TALKIE. She soon becomes involved with a poverty-stricken film writer and would-be poet, and a dashing, married film star. However, culture-clash and other complications ensue in this early film by James Ivory, starring Sashi Kapoor and Jennifer Kendal.
Theatrical Release |
- Theatrical release: October 1970.
- BOMBAY TALKIE was shot on location in Bombay and Elephanta.
- The lovers in BOMBAY TALKIE, Shashi Kapoor and Jennifer Kendal, were married in real life.
- Merchant-Ivory producer Ismail Merchant appears as a film producer in the opening production number in BOMBAY TALKIE.
- James Ivory considers BOMBAY TALKIE one of his favorite films.