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Ismail Merchant is a Actor, Director, Writer, Producer, Original Music Composer and Thanks Indian born on 25 december 1936 at Mumbai (Inde)

Ismail Merchant

Ismail Merchant
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Birth name Ismail Noormohamed Abdul Rehman
Nationality Inde
Birth 25 december 1936 at Mumbai (Inde)
Death 25 may 2005 (at 68 years) at London (United-kingdom)
Creator of Merchant Ivory Productions
Awards Padma Bhushan

Ismail Merchant (25 December 1936 – 25 May 2005) was an Indian-born film producer and director, best known for the results of his famously long collaboration with Merchant Ivory Productions which included director (and Merchant's longtime professional and personal partner) James Ivory as well as screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. Their films won six Academy Awards.

Merchant succeeded as an independent producer in Hollywood for more than 40 years. His strength lay in funding his projects, particularly in his ability to produce films for several million dollars less than those of his contemporaries.

Biography

Ismail Merchant est surtout connu pour avoir été le producteur de la plupart des grands succès du réalisateur américain James Ivory, à travers leur société de production Merchant Ivory Productions créée en mai 1961.

Best films

Howards End (1992)
(Producer)
A Room with a View (1986)
(Producer)

Usually with

James Ivory
James Ivory
(31 films)
Walter Lassally
Walter Lassally
(10 films)
Jenny Beavan
Jenny Beavan
(10 films)
Shashi Kapoor
Shashi Kapoor
(7 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Ismail Merchant (42 films)

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Actor

Jefferson in Paris, 2h19
Directed by James Ivory
Origin France
Genres Drama, Biography, Comedy-drama, Historical, Romance
Themes Political films, Histoire de France, French Revolution films
Actors Nick Nolte, Greta Scacchi, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Simon Callow, Seth Gilliam, James Earl Jones
Roles Royal Indian Man
Rating56% 2.8481452.8481452.8481452.8481452.848145
Set in the period 1784–1789, the film portrays Jefferson when he was US minister to France at Versailles before the French Revolution. French liberals and intellectuals hope he will lead them away from the corruption of the court of King Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette and toward a more democratic form of government. Although deploring the poverty of the common people, he embraces the riches of French culture and civilization. It is his first time abroad, and he takes advantage of the opportunity to extend his knowledge of liberal arts and science while absorbing the refinements France has to offer.
Slaves of New York, 2h4
Directed by James Ivory
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors Bernadette Peters, Chris Sarandon, Mary Beth Hurt, Madeleine Potter, Adam Coleman Howard, Steve Buscemi
Roles Party Guest (uncredited)
Rating57% 2.8525752.8525752.8525752.8525752.852575
The story follows Eleanor, an aspiring hat designer, and a group of artists and models in the "downtown" New York City art world. Eleanor lives with her younger boyfriend Stash, an unknown artist, who is unfaithful and treats Eleanor with careless indifference. Eleanor expresses her feelings for Stash when she tells him that she was once attracted to him because he was dangerous. She stays with him despite the crumbling relationship because she has nowhere else to live—she is, in effect, a "slave."
Heat and Dust, 2h13
Directed by James Ivory
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Historical, Romance
Actors Julie Christie, Greta Scacchi, Shashi Kapoor, Christopher Cazenove, Susan Fleetwood, Zakir Hussain
Roles Indish Guy (uncredited)
Rating64% 3.245593.245593.245593.245593.24559
In 1982, Anne, an English woman, intrigued by the fate of her great-aunt Olivia, whose letters and diary she has inherited, interviews the elderly Harry Hamilton-Paul, who in his youth was Olivia's close friend when they were both living in India.
Bombay Talkie, 1h52
Directed by James Ivory
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Shashi Kapoor, Jennifer Kendal, Aparna Sen, Zia Mohyeddin, Utpal Dutt, Florence Ezekiel Nadira
Roles Fate Machine Producer
Rating56% 2.8050952.8050952.8050952.8050952.805095
Lucia Lane (Jennifer Kendal) is a British author who is researching the Bollywood film industry. She falls in love and has an affair with Vikram (Shashi Kapoor), a famous Bollywood actor. The plot is complicated by the fact that Vikram is married, and his friend, Hari, is in love with Lucia.
Shakespeare-Wallah, 1h57
Directed by James Ivory
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Théâtre
Actors Shashi Kapoor, Felicity Ann Kendal, Madhur Jaffrey, Geoffrey Kendal, Partap Sharma, Utpal Dutt
Roles Theater Owner (uncredited)
Rating67% 3.3924753.3924753.3924753.3924753.392475
Loosely based on the real-life actor-manager Geoffrey Kendal family and his "Shakespeareana Company" of travelling theatre, which earned him the Indian sobriquet, "Shakespearewallah". The film follows the story of nomadic British actors as they perform Shakespeare plays in towns in post-colonial India. In this story, Tony Buckingham (Geoffrey Kendal) and his wife Carla (Laura Liddell) oversee the troupe. Their daughter, Lizzie Buckingham (Felicity Kendal), falls in love with Sanju (Shashi Kapoor), who is also romancing Manjula (Madhur Jaffrey), a Bollywood film star.
The Householder, 1h41
Directed by James Ivory
Genres Drama
Actors Shashi Kapoor, Leela Naidu, Durga Khote, Achala Sachdev, Walter Woolf King, Pahari Sanyal
Roles Extra
Rating67% 3.3860153.3860153.3860153.3860153.386015
Prem Sagar (Shashi Kapoor), a teacher at a private college in Delhi, is married to Indu (Leela Naidu) in an arranged marriage recently and is still learning ropes of relationships, when the arrival of Prem's mother (Durga Khote) spells doom to their budding relationship. Indu, unable to handle her interference in the marriage, leaves Prem to return to her family. Prem searches for answers from a variety of people, including a Swami (Pahari Sanyal), who reveals the secret of a successful marriage, as a result, he finally gains the maturity to love his wife.

Director

The Mystic Masseur
Directed by Ismail Merchant
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films
Actors Om Puri, Aasif Mandvi, Ayesha Dharker, Jimi Mistry, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Zohra Sehgal
Rating58% 2.949782.949782.949782.949782.94978
The semi-mystical novel by V. S. Naipaul moves between farce and acerbic social commentary on Trinidad, the country of his birth. The characters are mainly members of Trinidad's South Asian subculture and community. The protagonist is a frustrated writer of Indian descent (Ganesh Ramsumair) who rises from poverty on the back of his dubious talent as a 'mystic' masseur - a masseur (Pundit Ganesh) who can cure illnesses. In the end he becomes a successful colonial politician (G. Ramsay Muir).
Cotton Mary, 2h4
Directed by Ismail Merchant, Madhur Jaffrey
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama
Actors Greta Scacchi, Madhur Jaffrey, James Wilby, Sakina Jaffrey, Gemma Jones, Sarah Badel
Rating52% 2.6097552.6097552.6097552.6097552.609755
This film follows the story of a British woman living in India (Scacchi). She struggles during her birth and is in desperate need of a nanny. An Indian nurse known as Cotton Mary jumps to the opportunity. She seems kind at first, but her true nature gradually reveals itself as she manipulates everyone around her to get what she wants.
The Courtesans of Bombay, 1h13
Directed by Ismail Merchant
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Documentary
Actors Saeed Jaffrey, Zohra Sehgal
Rating63% 3.17763.17763.17763.17763.1776
Kareem Samar, Saeed Jaffrey, and Zohra Sehgal are professional actors who interact with actual inhabitants of the area. Samar portrays a rent collector representing a landlord who was a friend of Merchant and approved the project. Jaffrey's role is that of an actor whose infatuation with one of the dancers becomes an obsession, and Segal is a retired courtesan who recalls her earlier life when her aunt arranged for her care by a wealthy benefactor.

Scriptwriter

The Courtesans of Bombay, 1h13
Directed by Ismail Merchant
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Documentary
Actors Saeed Jaffrey, Zohra Sehgal
Roles Writer
Rating63% 3.17763.17763.17763.17763.1776
Kareem Samar, Saeed Jaffrey, and Zohra Sehgal are professional actors who interact with actual inhabitants of the area. Samar portrays a rent collector representing a landlord who was a friend of Merchant and approved the project. Jaffrey's role is that of an actor whose infatuation with one of the dancers becomes an obsession, and Segal is a retired courtesan who recalls her earlier life when her aunt arranged for her care by a wealthy benefactor.

Producer

Heights
Heights (2005)
, 1h33
Directed by Chris Terrio
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Glenn Close, Elizabeth Banks, James Marsden, Jesse Bradford, John Light, Denis O'Hare
Roles Producer
Rating67% 3.398673.398673.398673.398673.39867
Vingt quatre heures durant lesquelles les vies de cinq new-yorkais vont s'entremêler: Isabel, une jeune photographe; Jonathan, son futur mari; Diana, sa mère; Alec, un jeune acteur; et Peter, un journaliste.
The White Countess, 2h10
Directed by James Ivory
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Historical, Romance
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about disabilities, Political films, La cécité
Actors Ralph Fiennes, Natasha Richardson, Vanessa Redgrave, Hiroyuki Sanada, Lynn Redgrave, Allan Corduner
Roles Producer
Rating64% 3.2483453.2483453.2483453.2483453.248345
Having escaped the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, Countess Sofia Belinskaya is working as a taxi dancer in a seedy Shanghai bar to support her family of White émigrés, including her daughter Katya, her mother-in-law Olga, her sister-in-law Grushenka, and an aunt and uncle by marriage, Princess Vera and Prince Peter. Despite the fact employment is scarce and her meagre income is the family's only source of revenue, Sofia's once-aristocratic relatives scorn her for her choice of profession and insist she keep it a secret from her child.