IFFI pays tribute to `Shakespeare Wallah` writer

Last Updated: Nov 24, 2013, 19:33 PM IST

Panaji: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, who passed away this year and is the writer of much acclaimed film `Shakespeare Wallah` starring Shashi Kapoor, was remembered at the ongoing International Film Festival of India (IFFI) here.

German-born British and American Booker prize-winning novelist and two-time Academy Award-winning screenwriter, Ruth, is perhaps best known for her long collaboration with Merchant Ivory Productions, made up of director James Ivory and the late producer Ismail Merchant.

`Shakespeare Wallah`, the 1965 film, which was directed by Ivory and produced by Merchant, also starred Felicity Kendal, Madhur Jaffrey and Geoffrey Kendal.

The story was about a traveling family theatre troupe of English actors in India, who performed Shakespeare plays in towns across India, amidst a dwindling demand for their work and the rise of Bollywood.

The film was also screened here to a packed auditorium.