The Producer. The Chef. The superb Storyteller. The Man Who Made Things Happen.
Ismail Merchant had many faces. He was the fabulous producer of films, in collaboration with James Ivory -- fabulous films like A Room With A View and Shakespeare-Wallah. But he was also a terrific cook, who happened to possess incredible powers of persuasion. And he was a man who could drive a good bargain.
And he loved Mumbai [ Images ], where he was born, and New York, where he lived for 40 years, with all his heart.
Many of you must have run into Mr Merchant at some point.