The Householder (Hindi title: Gharbar) (1963) is a film by Merchant Ivory Productions, with a screenplay by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and James Ivory, and direction of James Ivory. It is based upon the 1960 novel of the same name by Jhabvala.
This was the first collaboration between producer Ismail Merchant and director James Ivory, a documentary filmmaker till then. They went on to make nearly forty films together, many of which were written by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, who also adapted many adaptations of literary classics for them, like The Europeans (1979) and The Bostonians (1984), E.M. Forster‘s A Room with a View (1986), Howards End, leading to The City of Your Final Destination (2009).
The film was shot entirely on location in Delhi, Mehrauli and Ghaziabad. Satyajit Ray exerted an important influence both on Ivory and Merchant, as well as on this film.
In an uncredited assist, legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray supervised the film's music production and re-cut the film for Merchant and...