Ismail Merchant

1936 - 2005

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Ismail Merchant (born Ismail Noor Muhammad Abdul Rahman; 25 December 1936 – 25 May 2005) was an Indian film producer. He worked for many years in collaboration with Merchant Ivory Productions which included film director (and Merchant's longtime professional and domestic partner) James Ivory as well as screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. Together they made acclaimed film adaptations from the novels of E.M. Forster and Henry James. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ismail Merchant has received more than 917,376 page views. His biography is available in 23 different languages on Wikipedia (down from 24 in 2019). Ismail Merchant is the 1,437th most popular film director (down from 1,207th in 2019), the 815th most popular biography from India (down from 623rd in 2019) and the 14th most popular Indian Film Director.

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Among film directors, Ismail Merchant ranks 1,437 out of 2,041Before him are Jay Roach, Zhang Shichuan, Robert Schwentke, René Vautier, Zoltán Huszárik, and Vincenzo Natali. After him are Howard Zieff, Pablo Berger, Alfred Braun, Dan Gilroy, Egon Günther, and Lisa Cholodenko.

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Among people born in 1936, Ismail Merchant ranks 515Before him are Robert F. Overmyer, Karl-Heinrich von Groddeck, Domingo Pérez, Alan Hodgkinson, Yury Osipov, and Wolfgang Behrendt. After him are Andrzej Zieliński, Heinz Vollmar, Carey Bell, Herbert Boyer, Elizabeth Dole, and Paula Marosi. Among people deceased in 2005, Ismail Merchant ranks 316Before him are Stanley Sadie, Leonid Shamkovich, Percy Heath, Lee Eun-ju, Wendie Jo Sperber, and Juan Pedevilla. After him are Paul Winchell, Renzo Nostini, Hong Deok-young, Ernest Lehman, Dave Allen, and Robert Creeley.

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In India

Among people born in India, Ismail Merchant ranks 815 out of 1,861Before him are Karisma Kapoor (1974), Boman Irani (1959), Saroj Khan (1948), M. Balamuralikrishna (1930), Anjali Devi (1927), and Gauri Khan (1970). After him are Jagdish Bhagwati (1934), Romila Thapar (1931), Jamnalal Bajaj (1889), Nain Singh (1830), Madhavrao Scindia (1945), and Manorama (1937).


Among film directors born in India, Ismail Merchant ranks 14Before him are Guru Dutt (1925), Ardeshir Irani (1886), Shyam Benegal (1934), Khwaja Ahmad Abbas (1914), Adoor Gopalakrishnan (1941), and Tarsem Singh (1961). After him are V. Shantaram (1901), Subhash Ghai (1945), Deepa Mehta (1950), Aparna Sen (1945), Tapan Sinha (1924), and Karan Johar (1972).