Renowned Producer Ismail Merchant Dies

We are saddened to report that Indian born filmmaker Ismail Merchant has died in a London hospital after a brief illness.
Born December 1936 in Mumbai, Merchant was educated in the United States, graduating from New York University with a Masters Degree in Business Administration. From here he was drawn towards the world of filmmaking, and producing in particular.
In 1961, he took his first film, The Creation Of Woman to the Cannes Film Festival, and it was here that he and future long term collaborator James Ivory first agreed to form Merchant Ivory Productions, which would go on to become one of the longest partnerships in Hollywood.
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