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My Passage from India
A Filmmaker's Journey from Bombay to Hollywood and Beyond.

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ISBN 0670031631
October 1, 2002
Published by:
Penguin USA



Ismail Merchant is one of Hollywood's premier movie producers with more than forty films and four Oscar nominations to his name. He has worked with director James Ivory on films such as A Room with a View, Howards End, and Remains of the Day. A native of Bombay, Merchant made his first mark on the film world with the 1961 Oscar-nominated short The Creation of Woman. He is also a master chef, skilled photographer, and the author of several other books. (See list below).

But when he's not making these lush, expensive costume dramas, he's making movies in his native India.


In My Passage from India he takes us on a guided tour of how a middle-class Muslim named Noormohamed Abdul Rehman became an internationally acclaimed producer with a string of award-winning films to his credit.

My Passage from India is a fascinating look at the Bombay film industry—called Bollywood—from the 1950s through today, and how Holly- and Bollywood have intersected through Merchant's film career. Merchant amusingly recounts how his passion for movies was born in the streets of Bombay. He details his precocious wanderings from London to New York, where he first encountered his lifetime collaborator, James Ivory, and raised money for his first short film, and ultimately to Hollywood. Merchant lovingly recalls the circumstances of the movies he's shot in India, the Western stars he cast—and entertained—from James Mason to Jeanne Moreau to Vivien Leigh to Greta Scacchi, and the vast obstacles that his home country often presented—along with the movie magic that was the frequent result of his efforts.

With seventy-five photographs and a fabulous narrative, My Passage from India is a vivid memoir and colorful account of the lasting impact India has had on the thing Ismail Merchant does best: filmmaking.

Source: Penguin Putnam Inc.


Other Titles By Ismail Merchant

Hullabaloo in Old Jeypore The Making of the Deceivers

The distinguished film producer relates events behind the production of his film version of John Masters' novel "The Deceivers," revealing aspects of his work, his philosophy, and his unorthodox methods.

ISBN 0385260598
January 1, 1989
Published by Bantam Doubleday Dell Pub (T)
    Ismail Merchant's Florence

ISBN 0810929953
April 1, 2001
Published by Harry N Abrams

    Ismail Merchant's Florence: Filming and Feasting in Tuscany/70 Recipes
by Ismail,  Santini,  Derrick (photographer)

ISBN 0810936399
May 1, 1994
Published by Harry N Abrams
    Ismail Merchant's Indian Cuisine

ISBN 0671684779
June 1, 1990
Published by Simon & Schuster (P)
    Ismail Merchant's Paris: Filming and Feasting in France
The film director describes his time spent in Paris as a student and his subsequent trips there to make movies, and also includes recipes for forty French dishes

ISBN 0810941627
October 1, 1999
Published by Harry N Abrams
    Ismail Merchant's Passionate Meals: The New Indian Cuisine for Fearless Cooks and Adventurous Eaters

ISBN 0786881291
January 1, 1996
Published by Hyperion

Ismail Merchant's Passionate Meals: The New Indian Cuisine for Fearless Cooks and Adventurous Eaters
Foreword by Madhur Jaffrey. Reprint.

In his second cookbook, a successful motion picture producer offers an introduction to the new Indian cuisine with a selection of delicious easy-to-prepare dishes, both traditional and non-traditional, from his native India, including chutneys, salads, appetizers, fish, poultry, and desserts.

ISBN 0452282322
January 1, 2001
Published by Penguin USA
    The Proprietor: The Screenplay and the Story Behind the Film.

Presents the screenplay of the film "The Proprietor," the story of an aging writer coming to terms with a changing world, and describes the creative and practical processes involved with the writing, filming, and producing of the film

ISBN 155704306X
September 1, 1996
Published by W W Norton & Co

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