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Re: The Shakespeare Wallah
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0385  Wednesday, 26 February 2003

[1]     From:   Richard Burt <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 25 Feb 2003 13:05:16 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0372 Re: The Shakespeare Wallah

[2]     From:   Arthur Lindley <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 26 Feb 2003 09:37:54 +0800 (SGT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0372 Re: The Shakespeare Wallah


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From:           Richard Burt <
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Date:           Tuesday, 25 Feb 2003 13:05:16 -0500
Subject: 14.0372 Re: The Shakespeare Wallah
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0372 Re: The Shakespeare Wallah

To add to Judi's email, Kendal's other daughter, Jennifer, stayed on in
India (she also stars in Shakespeare Wallah) and married Shashi Kappor,
who plays a playboy (Felicity's love interest in Shakespeare Wallah, and
he is also involved with a Bollywood film star).  Jennifer went onto
star in Merchant Ivory's Bombay Talkie and also in Apana Sen's 36
Chowhingree Road, a film modeled on Vittorio di Sica's Umberto D.
Jennifer plays an aging spinster who teaches English at a girl's school
in Calcutta, and the film begins with her reciting the opening lines
from Twelfth Night.  Later, the Indian teacher who replaces her has two
students read aloud lines form the play.  Jennifer quotes form King Lear
at the end.  Geoffrey Kendall plays her mad brother.

Satayajit Ray, who did the music for Shakespeare Wallah, also directed
several films in which there are Shakespeare references.

Felicity played Viola in the BBC Twelfth Night, and the BBC recently did
a documentary about her.  Geoffrey Kendal also wrote a memoir called The
Shakespeare Wallah..

I discuss these films and book in a forthcoming article called
"Shakespeare Goes Bollywood."  Anyone interested in reading it may
contact me at my email address.

Valerie Wayne has a decent article on Shakespeare Wallah in Shakespeare,
the Movie.

t.

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From:           Arthur Lindley <
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Date:           Wednesday, 26 Feb 2003 09:37:54 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: 14.0372 Re: The Shakespeare Wallah
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0372 Re: The Shakespeare Wallah

One could add that the film is one of James Ivory's best; not the
highest praise, I admit, but it's well worth seeing.

Arthur Lindley

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