The Deceivers

1988/India, 113 minutes

  • Music: John Scott
  • Director: Nicholas Meyer
  • Producer: Ismail Merchant
  • Screen Writer: Michael Hirst
  • Author (Based On): John Masters
  • Editor: Richard Trevor
  • Costume Designer: Jenny Beavan
  • Costume Designer: John Bright
  • Production Designer: Ken Adam
  • Photographer: Walter Lassally
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In the early 1980's Merchant first set in motion a project of which he had long dreamed, and that he was to do outside of his usual collaboration with Jhabvala and Ivory, the making of The Deceivers. The Deceiversis adapted from the John Masters novel, set in India in 1825, which depicts the exploits of William Savage (based on William Sleeman of the Indian Political Service), who disguises himself as an Indian in order to expose and destroy a secret cult whose members, the infamous Thugees, ritually murdered and robbed travelers in the name of the goddess Kali. Merchant had read the novel years before, been struck by it, and later decided to film it. The movie was slow in getting into production, however, and once into that stage presented such an array of problems as to stagger even Merchant. An entire book, Hullabaloo in Old Jeypore: The Making of "The Deceivers", was needed for Merchant to set down all that occurred.

Cast

  • Rajesh VivekPriest
  • Bijoya JenaHarlot
  • Helena MichellSarah Wilson
  • Giles MastersCaptain Devril
  • Dalip TahilDaffadar Ganesha
  • Neena GuptaWidow
  • Saeed JaffreyHussein
  • Nilesh MalhotraThug
  • Harish MagonSepoy
  • Kanwaljit .Gopal
  • Gary CadyLieutenant Maunsell
  • Ramesh GoyalThug
  • Goga KapoorSher Dil
  • Tariq YunusFeringea
  • Hilla SethnaChandra Singh's Maidservant
  • Amin .Thug
  • H.N. KallaNawab's Servant
  • Keith MichellColonel Wilson
  • Ramesh RangaRajput's Son
  • Tim Van RellimReverend Matthias
  • Nayeem HafizkaSepoy
  • Shashi KapoorChandra Singh
  • Manmaujee .Ferryman
  • Shanmukha ScrinivasHira Lal
  • Salim GhousePiroo
  • Haroon KhanThug
  • Manmohan KrishnaOld Rajput
  • Pierce BrosnanWilliam Savage
  • R. P. SondhiPrisoner
  • Julal AghaNawab
  • Akbar BakshiThug
  • Kammo .Official
  • David RobbGeorge Angelsmith
  • Dilip Singh RathoreSowar

Crew

  • Music: John Scott
  • Director: Nicholas Meyer
  • Producer: Ismail Merchant
  • Screen Writer: Michael Hirst
  • Author (Based On): John Masters
  • Editor: Richard Trevor
  • Costume Designer: Jenny Beavan
  • Costume Designer: John Bright
  • Production Designer: Ken Adam
  • Photographer: Walter Lassally

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