Merchant was born in Mumbai in 25th December in the year 1935 as Ismail
Noormohamed Abdul Reh.
In his career spanning three and a half decades, he has made some 40 feature
films. Many of them made with the collaboration of his pal, director James
Ivory and writer Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.
The famous Merchant- Ivory duo has made a mark of their own in the film world. Adaptation
of E. M. Forster's 'A room with a view', Kazuo Ishiguro's 'Remains of the Day',
'Rose Land' and 'Heat & Dust' are some of the best Merchant-Ivory movies.
Vanessa Redgrave, Isabelle
Adjani, Christopher Reeve, Anthony Hopkins, Paul Newman,
Emma Thompson, Isabelle Adjani, Paul Newman are a few well known actors who
have featured in his films. They all crave to work with him knowing that
he will pay them only a little more than his attention.
film making, Merchant was also a renowned chef and the author of several books
on quality cooking.
passed away at the age of 68. He was unmarried.