Romatic composition of Shankar-Jaikishen

Bombay Talkie’ shall always be a `stand-alone’ in S-J’s phenomenal musical output. This happened to be the first and the only English film that they composed for and therefore, the music too had (and still has) a feel of elusiveness about it. It brought together the formidable team of Ismail Merchant, James Ivory and Ruth Prawer Jhabwala following their earlier `Householder’ and `Shakespearwallah’ . This one too, like many of the predecessors from the Merchant-Ivory stables, stresses upon a juxtaposition of Eastern & Western ideologies and the Shashi-Jennifer team-up lends credence to the depiction.

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