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Ismail Merchant

Indian-born film producer and director

Ismail Merchant (25 December 193625 May 2005) was an Indian-born film producer; co-founder of Merchant Ivory Productions.


  • It should be a good story— speak about a time and place that is permanent. It should capture something wonderful with some great characters whether it's set in the past or in the future.
    • On the making of good films. Interview with the Associated Press (2004).
  • When we first began, Ruth told us she had never written a screenplay. That was not a problem since I had never produced a feature film and Jim had never directed one.
    • On the beginning of his long collaboration with novelist and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. Interview with the Associated Press (2004).

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