First job in film, a walk-on part in a Bombay film, age nine (date approximate)
Expressing his future mercantile interests, adopted the surname Merchant while in his teens
Immigrated to the USA
Directed and co-produced short film "The Creation of Woman", based on an Indian myth; received Oscar nomination as Best Live-Action Short Subject; its narrator, Saeed Jaffrey (who would appear in four Merchant-Ivory films) had also narrated James Ivory's second short film, "The Sword and the Flute", about Indian art
Met Ivory at screening for "The Sword and the Flute"; formed Merchant-Ivory Productions (MIP)
First MIP production, "The Householder"; also marked first collaboration with screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, who adapted her novel
First non-Indian (British) film, "The Delhi Way"
Had success with "Shakespeare Wallah", about a troupe of actors travelling throughout India
First US-financed film, "The Guru"; portrayed Emcee
MIP produced the documentary "Adventures of a Brown Man in Search of Civilization" (BBC-TV)
Directed the short "Mahatma and the Mad Boy"; co-produced with Ivory
First feature adaptation of a Henry James novel, "The Europeans"
Returned to India as a subject for feature film, "Heat and Dust", adapted by Jhabvala from her novel
Collaborated on the screenplay (with Ivory and Jhabvala) and directed the documentary "Courtesans of Bombay"
Second James adaptation, "The Bostonians"; first film with actor Christopher Reeve; also starred Vanessa Redgrave
First feature without Ivory, executive produced "My Little Girl" under the Merchant-Ivory Productions banner; Connie Kaiserman produced, directed and scripted
Breakthrough feature and first film based on an E.M. Forster novel, "A Room with a View"; received eight Oscar nominations including Best Picture
Tackled Forster again with adaptation of the gay-themed "Maurice"
Missed with "Slaves of New York", scripted by Tama Janowitz from her book of stories
Teamed with Paul Newman and wife Joanne Woodward for "Mr. and Mrs. Bridge"
Third Forster adaptation, "Howards End" which received nine Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture; starred Emma Thompson (who won a Best Actress Oscar), Anthony Hopkins and Vanessa Redgrave
Closed a three-year production deal with Walt Disney Studios
Reteamed with Thompson and Hopkins for "Remains of the Day"; nominated for eight Oscars including Best Picture (produced with Mike Nichols and John Calley); second film with Reeve
First film under the Disney/Merchant-Ivory deal, "Jefferson in Paris"; played small role as Tipoo Sultan's Ambassador
Opened first restaurant, Bombay Bistro on West 58th Street in NYC
Feature directorial debut, "In Custody"
Third film with Hopkins, "Surviving Picasso"
Helmed "The Proprietor" from his story; a step backward artistically compared with his feature debut
Entered into production deal with UK-based Capitol Films
Produced Ivory's "A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries", based on Kaylie Jones' autobiographical novel about life with her father, the novelist James Jones
Executive produced Tony Gerber's "Side Streets"
Opened French-Indian restaurant in NYC, Pondicherry
Served as producer of the James Ivory-directed "The Golden Bowl", adapted from Henry James' novel
Directed third feature, the period drama "Cotton Mary"
Helmed "The Mystic Masseur", an adaptation of a fiction by V.S. Naipul