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


"A producer has to have many hats on his head. You're a financial wizard, a great promoter, you foster a feeling of camaraderie, you win the confidence of those working with you. They all have to believe in the producer. The producer is the heart." --Ismail Merchant to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, March 18, 1991

"[Ismail Merchant] keeps everything in place. He makes things happen. It all works because he is there and it wouldn't work otherwise. I have always thought that the three of us are a bit like the United States Government. I've said this before and I don't mind saying it again. I'm the President. Ismail is the Congress and Ruth is the Supreme Court. That's how we operate. That's how we get our business done and I think that defines our functions." --James Ivory quoted in an October 4, 1995 press release issued when he received the D W Griffith Award

"Some of our films have gone through the roof, and others, like 'Jefferson in Paris' and 'Surviving Picasso', no one went to see. Whether we've made two dollars or two million, no matter. We feel contented because it's work that motivates us. It's nice to travel, to be in Paris, to be in Bombay, to be in New York. But if I had no money, I would still travel, as I was doing in 1962.

"I have lived in America for 38 years, yet I have no trace of the American way of speech. I remain an Indian, no one can challenge that, but I have a number of branches in other countries. If I went to China tomorrow, I'd feel at home. I can go to a stranger's house anywhere in the world and prepare a meal without knowing where the dishes are." --Ismail Merchant to BIOGRAPHY MAGAZINE, November 1998

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