"Bombay Talkie" is Merchant Ivory's affectionate, bemused view of Bollywood - India's huge dream factory. The story, set off by elaborate studio numbers, is a melodrama echoing those of Bombay's mass audience movies and the sexy best sellers of the film's heroine, American authoress Lucia Lane (Jennifer Kendal). Visiting India in search of "new material", she becomes romantically involved with handsome movie star Vikram (Shashi Kapoor - Kendal's real-life spouse) that leads to tragedy. Cameraman Subrata Mitra's ravishing photography has never been surpassed in any other of James Ivory's films. Zia Mohyeddin, Aparna Sen also star.
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