Cotton Mary

Cotton Mary is a 1999 film directed by Ismail Merchant, best known as the producer half of Merchant Ivory, and Madhur Jaffrey, actress and author of cookery books. It was filmed in India.

Cotton Mary
Directed byIsmail Merchant
Madhur Jaffrey (co-director)
Produced byNayeem Hafizka
Richard Hawley
Paul Bradley (executive)
Gil Donaldson (associate)
Written byAlexandra Viets
Music byRichard Robbins
CinematographyPierre Lhomme
Edited byJohn David Allen
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • 17 December 1999 (1999-12-17) (UK)
Running time
124 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


This film follows the story of a British woman living in India (Scacchi). She struggles during her birth and is in desperate need of a nanny. An Indian nurse known as Cotton Mary jumps to the opportunity. She seems kind at first, but her true nature gradually reveals itself as she manipulates everyone around her to get what she wants.


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