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Tuesday, 26 February, 2002, 11:36 GMT
Bafta forum with Ismail Merchant
Ismail Merchant
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Ismail Merchant is part of the highly successful film-making partnership Merchant Ivory, the team behind films like A Room with a View, Howard's End and The Remains of the Day.

Merchant Ivory received one of the UK film industry's most prestigious honours, a Bafta Fellowship, at the Bafta Awards in London on Sunday.

Mr Merchant and James Ivory have been working together for 40 years and their period dramas, for which they are best known, have won six Oscars.

Mr Merchant has now directed the studio's latest movie, The Mystic Masseur, about a teacher in Trinidad who travels back to his home country, India, which is released next month.

What does he think of the UK film industry? Did the Baftas recognise the right people? Has period drama had its day?

Ismail Merchant was our guest in a live forum hosted by BBC Media correspondent, Torin Douglas.


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