I'll try to do some more research and hopefully, we'll come up with something less hazy. In my view the Guardian obituary was hostile and disrespectful in the extreme. Sadly, if we know that in real life the lead guy is screwing around with another guy, the fear is that it may hurt ticket sales. The suspects? Regarding queries over Ivory's relationship with Merchant as romantic life partner, this is public knowledge, and I am copying and pasting a reply below that I wrote some time ago to another user who queried the same thing about Merchant:. Ivory himself is gay. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page.
For eg -- in Gujarati, you have names like Bijal, Tejal, etc.
The lovers encounter no external obstacles to their romance: Acclaimed director and Oscar winner James Ivory has opened up about his year-long relationship with his producing partner, Ismail Merchant, in an interview with The Guardian. I have just modified 2 external links on Ismail Merchant.
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