Shakespeare Wallah
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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. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Very delicate and lovely."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Surprisingly light and enjoyable early James Ivory film with luminous Felicity Kendal."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"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."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"more intimate and nuanced work than the team's subsequent high-profile period films, like The Remains of the Day."
‑ David Bezanson,
"... a bittersweet drama of the twilight of a theatrical way of life."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
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