Once Just Romantic Fiction, Far Pavilions Comes to Life in a Fabled Corner of India
updated 04/11/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 04/11/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST
On the set of the movie, which will air as a six-hour special on HBO early next year, there were only minor inconveniences from heat, snakes and some adverse local press about the casting of Irving, an American, as an Indian princess. Sharif shrugged off the hubbub: "I'm having a good time." So is author Mollie Kaye, 70ish, who visited the set and offered Sharif the ultimate compliment: "When I saw him die, I burst into tears."