Bombay Talkie

Bombay Talkie is a 1970 film by Merchant Ivory Productions, with a screenplay by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and James Ivory.

Bombay Talkie
Directed byJames Ivory
Produced byIsmail Merchant
Written byRuth Prawer Jhabvala
James Ivory
StarringShashi Kapoor
Jennifer Kendal
Aparna Sen
Zia Mohyeddin
Utpal Dutt
Music byShankar-Jaikishan
CinematographySubrata Mitra
Release date
November 20, 1970
Running time
112 minutes
Budgetest. ₹1.1 crore
[est. 33.44 crore (US$4.8 million) in 2019]
Box officeest. ₹55 lakh
[est. 16.72 crore (US$2.4 million) in 2019]


Lucia Lane (Jennifer Kendal) is a British author who is researching the Bollywood film industry. She falls in love and has an affair with Vikram (Shashi Kapoor), a famous Bollywood actor. The plot is complicated by the fact that Vikram is married, and his friend, Hari (Zia Mohyeddin), is in love with Lucia.



SerialSong TitleSinger(s)
1"Good Times and Bad Times"Usha Uthup
2"Hari Om Tatsat"Usha Uthup
3"Tum Mere Pyaar Ki"Mohammed Rafi
4"Type Writer"Asha Bhosle and Kishore Kumar



The film's song "Typewriter, Tip, Tip" (Music: Shankar-Jaikishan, Lyrics: Hasrat Jaipuri) and the opening credits theme were used in the Wes Anderson film The Darjeeling Limited and on Geoff Lloyd's Hometime Show.

Amitabh Bachchan played a minuscule role in the movie. The actor confessed in an interview that Shashi Kapoor chided him for doing the role as he foresaw greater potential in Bachchan.[2]


  1. "Bombay Talkie (1971) - Hindi Movie Songs - Bollywood MuVyz". Bombay Talkie (1971) - Hindi Movie Songs - Bollywood MuVyz.
  2. "The Enigmatic Kapoor". Daily Pioneer.

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