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Also Known As: Died: May 25, 2005
Born: December 25, 1936 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: India Profession: Producer ...
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COMPLETE FILMOGRAPHY WITH SYNOPSIS

Director (feature film)

1.
Mystic Masseur, The (2001) as Director
In colonial 1940s Trinidad, schoolteacher Ganesh is a man determined to write a book. Moving from the Port of Spain to his country village, Ganesh sets up shop as a masseur to support himself and his radiant new wife, Leela, while pursuing his dream. He soon becomes an expert on Hinduism and mystica
2.
Cotton Mary (1999) as Director
When Lily, a British woman living on her family's estate in post-independence India circa 1954, gives birth prematurely in a former British hospital while her journalist husband is away on assignment, she turns to Cotton Mary, an Anglo-Indian nurse who promises that "God will feed the child." "God,"
3.
Lumiere Et Compagnie (1996) as Featured Co-Director (Merchant-Ivory)
An omnibus project that put an original Lumiere camera and homemade film stock into the hands of a broad cross-section of contemporary helmers--150 helmers were approached worldwide, of whom 39 were both willing and available. The ground rules were rigidly enforced: a continuous shot to be captured
4.
Proprietor, The (1996) as Director
After spending thirty years in New York, a revered French expatriate author returns to Paris and the home in which she lived with her mother before the German Occupation separated the two of them forever. The author, in her 60s, is confronted by two cultures, American and French; two time periods, the past and present, and relationships with friends and lovers old and new as she attempts to re-consider her life and memories.
5.
In Custody (1994) as Director
A teacher tries to get past a great poet's feuding wives to interview the man.
6.
Courtesans of Bombay (1986) as Director
Cameras visit a Bombay compound noted for its female musicians and prostitutes.
7.
Mahatma and the Mad Boy (1974) as Director
A homeless boy struggles to survive another day on a Bombay beach.

Cast (feature film)

8.
Song of the Little Road (2003)
A in depth look at the films of Indian director Satyajit Ray (1921 - 1992).
9.
Jefferson in Paris (1995) as Tipoo Sultan'S Ambassador
Set just prior to the French Revolution, the story revolves around Thomas Jefferson, then US ambassador to France, and his relationship with Maria Cosway, the unhappy wife of an unfaithful husband.
10.
The Guru (1969) as Master of ceremonies
A British rock star travels to India with his hippie girlfriend to study the sitar with a master guru.

Writer (feature film)

11.
Proprietor, The (1996) as From Story
After spending thirty years in New York, a revered French expatriate author returns to Paris and the home in which she lived with her mother before the German Occupation separated the two of them forever. The author, in her 60s, is confronted by two cultures, American and French; two time periods, the past and present, and relationships with friends and lovers old and new as she attempts to re-consider her life and memories.
12.
Courtesans of Bombay (1986) as Screenwriter
Cameras visit a Bombay compound noted for its female musicians and prostitutes.

Producer (feature film)

13.
White Countess (2005)
Set in Shanghai in the late 1930s, the story of the relationship between a disillusioned former US diplomat and a refugee White Russian countess reduced to a sordid life in the city's bars. Todd Jackson (mid-40s), once an American diplomat filled with idealism, has lost his sight several years earli
14.
Heights (2004) as Producer
In New York City, Isabel, a photographer, is having second thoughts about her upcoming marriage to Jonathan, a lawyer. On the same day, Isabel's mother Diana learns that her husband has a new lover, and begins to re-think her life choices and her open marriage. Diana and Isabel's paths cross with Al
15.
Merci Docteur Rey (2003) as Executive Producer
Thomas Beaumont is recruited into an illicit love triangle to watch a much older man's sexual liaison, but ends up witnessing what turns out to be his murder. The next day Thomas' opera diva mother informs him that his long lost father has been in Paris--until the previous night when he was murdered
16.
Golden Bowl, The (2000) as Producer
A wealthy expatriate American tries to maintain a surface of propriety despite romantic betrayals.
17.
Soldier's Daughter Never Cries, A (1998) as Producer
A soldier struggles with family life after returning from war.
18.
Side Streets (1997) as Executive Producer
An urban comedy anthology that takes place over a 24 hour period on the hottest day of the year, with interconnecting stories from each of the five boroughs of New York City. In Queens, Romanian butcher's apprentice Josif dreams of a house in the suburbs for himself and his wife. In the Bronx Puerto
19.
Surviving Picasso (1996) as Producer
This is the story of a famous painter and of a young girl, Francoise, an aspiring painter. Their affair, which lasts 10 years, begins in 1943 during the German occupation of Paris. The painter is Picasso; he is in his 60s, and as wild and passionate as a youth. His path is littered with former mistresses and, while swearing eternal love to Francoise, he pays regular visits to the sensual, phlegmatic Marie-Therese, the brilliant Dora, also a painter, whose feelings for him have brought her to a nervous breakdown, and his Russian wife, Olga, a former dancer, whom he has driven to the point of actual madness. Francoise has to accept all these women and their offspring as part of her relationship with Picasso. Moreover, she has to accept his unpredictable moods, his outrageous sense of humor, his stinginess, his childish tyrannies, and his delight in making others submit to his whims. But when Picasso begins yet another new affair, Francoise realizes that, to save herself, she must leave him.
20.
Feast of July (1995) as Executive Producer
Bella Ford is a young woman who sets forth in winter on an arduous journey to locate Archie Wilson, the lover who has abandoned her. Suffering a grave personal misfortune along the way, Bella finds shelter in the home of the Wainwright family whose three sons, Jedd, Matty and Con, eventually battle
21.
Jefferson in Paris (1995) as Producer
Set just prior to the French Revolution, the story revolves around Thomas Jefferson, then US ambassador to France, and his relationship with Maria Cosway, the unhappy wife of an unfaithful husband.
22.
The Remains Of The Day (1993) as Producer
A proper British butler sacrifices happiness to remain faithful to his position.
23.
Howard's End (1992) as Producer
A noblewoman's surprising bequest puts three families from different social levels on a collision course.
24.
The Ballad Of The Sad Cafe (1991) as Producer
A small-town eccentric opens a café in her decaying home.
25.
Mr. And Mrs. Bridge (1990) as Producer
Screen adaptation of Connell's two novels "Mrs. Bridge" and "Mr. Bridge," written in 1958 and 1968, that chronicle 40 years in the lives of a couple and their family in Kansas City, Missouri. Joanne Woodward was named Best Actress of 1990, and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala cited for best screenplay, by the N
26.
Slaves of New York (1989) as Producer
A trendy hat designer and her chic graffiti artist boyfriend live and love in Manhattan's East Village.
27.
The Perfect Murder (1988) as Executive Producer
A Bombay police detective reluctantly accepts a Swedish investigator as partner on a murder case.
28.
The Deceivers (1988) as Producer
A British tax collector tries to unmask a murderous Indian cult.
29.
Sweet Lorraine (1987) as Executive Producer
30.
Maurice (1987) as Producer
A young Englishman struggles to build a life as a gay man.
31.
My Little Girl (1986) as Executive Producer
Idealistic Franny is a teenager who wants to do good in the world. While volunteering at a shelter for disadvantaged girls, she finds that her privileged background is met with skepticism and hostility. When she does start to be effective, she realizes that she has been changed by the experience herself.
32.
A Room With a View (1986) as Producer
An Englishwoman visiting Florence is torn between her straitlaced fiance and a young Bohemian.
33.
Courtesans of Bombay (1986) as Producer
Cameras visit a Bombay compound noted for its female musicians and prostitutes.
34.
The Bostonians (1984) as Producer
A bored lawyer and a suffragette vie for the attentions of a faith healer's charismatic daughter.
35.
Heat and Dust (1983) as Producer
Half a century after her great aunt abandoned her diplomat husband for a disreputable Indian ruler, a young British woman visits the scenes of the long-forgotten scandal and finds parallels in her own life.
36.
Quartet (1981) as Producer
When her husband's arrest leaves her penniless, a woman accepts an invitation to move in with a strange couple.
37.
Jane Austen in Manhattan (1980) as Producer
Two teachers compete for stage rights to a long lost play by Jane Austen.
38.
The Europeans (1979) as Producer
A New England household is upset by the arrival of two cousins from Europe.
39.
Hullabaloo Over Georgie and Bonnie's Pictures (1979) as Producer
Collectors converge on a remote palace housing a long unseen art collection.
40.
Roseland (1977) as Executive Producer
Three stories set in the famed dance hall center on the search for a perfect partner in dancing and life.
41.
Sweet Sounds (1976) as Producer
Teachers introduce their students to the joy of music at a New York school for the arts.
42.
Autobiography of a Princess (1975) as Executive Producer
An Indian princess in London visits her father's former tutor.
43.
Wild Party, The (1975) as Producer
Loosely based on the Fatty Arbuckle scandal, an aging silent movie comic star tries for a comeback by staging a wild party that turns into a sexual free-for-all. The comic ends up killing his mistress and her latest boyfriend.
44.
Mahatma and the Mad Boy (1974) as Producer
A homeless boy struggles to survive another day on a Bombay beach.
45.
Savages (1972) as Producer
Primitive mud people move into a Long Island estate and transform into social lions.
46.
Helen, Queen of the Nautch Girls (1972) as Producer
Cameras trace the career of Bollywood's most popular dancing star.
47.
Adventures of a Brown Man in Search of Civilization (1972) as Producer
Scholar Nirad C. Chaudhuri shares his views on culture and society.
48.
Bombay Talkie (1970) as Producer
A British writer becomes obsessed with a young Bollywood star.
49.
The Guru (1969) as Producer
A British rock star travels to India with his hippie girlfriend to study the sitar with a master guru.
50.
Shakespeare Wallah (1966) as Producer
Traveling British actors in India are torn when their daughter becomes involved with a local playboy.
51.
The Householder (1963) as Producer
A newlywed needs help dealing with his independent, outspoken wife.

Production Companies (feature film)

52.
The Guru (1969) as Company
A British rock star travels to India with his hippie girlfriend to study the sitar with a master guru.

Producer (special)

53.
Noon Wine (1985) as Executive Producer
The drama, adapted from a story by Katherine Anne Porter, tells of a Swedish immigrant who arrives on a small Texas farm at the turn of the century for work, is hired, and subsequently, and inadvertantly, causes the downfall of his employer when a suspicious visitor comes to call.

Producer (short)

54.
Creation of Woman, The (1960) as Producer

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