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Shakespeare Wallah (1966)




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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.

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Felicity Kendal
as Lizzie Buckingham
Geoffrey Kendal
as Mr. Tony Buckingham
Laura Liddell
as Mrs. Carla Buckingham
Utpal Dutt
as Maharaja
Prayag Raaj
as Sharmaji
Hamid Sayani
as Headmaster's Brother
as Director
Jennifer Kapoor
as Mrs. Bowen
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Critic Reviews for Shakespeare Wallah

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

"Shakespeare Wallah" is a tribute to the gallantry, talent and courage of the Kendals. Its gentle humor, however, has a Chekhovian cast.

December 14, 2017 | Full Review…

A breezy and beguiling study, comedy, romance, elegy.

November 8, 2017 | Full Review…

Very delicate and lovely.

May 9, 2005 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

July 3, 2004 | Full Review…

Everyone acts naturally and Mr. Ivory's direction is light and sensitive, managing to suggest the subtlety and comedy and pathos of Anglo-Indian relationships.

August 13, 2019 | Full Review…

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

December 17, 2011 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Shakespeare Wallah


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.

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