Cinema: Domestication in Hindustan

The Householder. Made in India by Director James Ivory, a Californian, this disarming little comedy of middle-class life in Delhi sees two young newlyweds through their period of adjustment, and calls up laughter as gentle as temple bells.

Prem, a teacher at Mr. Khanna's Private College, finds settling down a most delicate matter. His family, he complains to a colleague, "have married me to a girl. She doesn't cook. She is not house-proud." As brightly played by Shashi Kapoor, Prem faces life with all the artless perplexity of a man who has just seen...

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