Fox budget meets slender subject, and East uncomfortably meets West. With York as a '60s pop idol (he even sings) tripping to India for sitar lessons, and Tushingham on an unidentified spiritual quest, not even Utpal Dutt's splendid performance as their Western-susceptible guru can prevent Ivory's mockery from nose-diving into caricature, or his favourite theme - of incongruous cultural collisions - from being awkwardly reinforced by his own hybrid style.
Cast and crew
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, James Ivory
Utpal Dutt Michael York Rita Tushingham Aparna Sen Madhur Jaffrey Barry Foster Saeed Jaffrey Ismail Merchant