Ismail Merchant

1936 - 2005

Ismail Merchant

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

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ismail Merchant has received more than 501,531 page views. His biography is available in 18 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 1,027th most popular film director.

Memorability Metrics

  • 500k

    Page Views (PV)

  • 40.33

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 18

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 1.94

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.55

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)


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Among film directors, Ismail Merchant ranks 1,027 out of 1,305Before him are David Mackenzie, Arnaud Desplechin, Genndy Tartakovsky, Rian Johnson, Sam Taylor-Johnson, and Brian Helgeland. After him are Sergei Loznitsa, Peyton Reed, Steve Miner, Martin McDonagh, Carlos Saldanha, and Vincenzo Natali.

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Among people born in 1936, Ismail Merchant ranks 327Before him are Loren Acton, Larry McMurtry, Shelley Morrison, Roger Miller, Ernest Shonekan, and Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. After him are Akwasi Afrifa, Billy Higgins, Robert F. Overmyer, George Eastham, Charlie Daniels, and Anthony Olubunmi Okogie. Among people deceased in 2005, Ismail Merchant ranks 224Before him are Paul Winchell, John Fiedler, Michael Park, Sergei Starostin, Parveen Babi, and David Lange. After him are Chloe Jones, Matthew McGrory, Lee Eun-ju, Debra Hill, Ruth Hussey, and Spencer Dryden.

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In India

Among people born in India, Ismail Merchant ranks 511 out of 848Before him are Karisma Kapoor (1974), Mrinalini Sarabhai (1918), R. K. Laxman (1921), C. R. Rao (1920), Saeed Jaffrey (1929), and Govinda (1963). After him are Nitish Kumar (1951), Shatrughan Sinha (1945), Muthuswami Dikshitar (1775), Kajal Aggarwal (1985), Arun Jaitley (1952), and Rakhee Gulzar (1947).


Among film directors born in India, Ismail Merchant ranks 10Before him are Michael Radford (1946), Dadasaheb Phalke (1870), Dara Singh (1928), Khwaja Ahmad Abbas (1914), Guru Dutt (1925), and Tarsem Singh (1961). After him are Mehboob Khan (1907), Shyam Benegal (1934), Adoor Gopalakrishnan (1941), Hrishikesh Mukherjee (1922), Mahesh Bhatt (1948), and Deepa Mehta (1950).

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