Genre: Drama, Historical
Director: Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham)
Cast: Gillian Anderson (X Files), Michael Gambon (Harry Potter series), Hugh Bonneville (Paddington)
VICEROY’S HOUSE tells the true story of the final months of British rule in India.
Viceroy’s House in Delhi is the home of the British rulers of India. After 300 years, that rule is coming to an end. For 6 months in 1947, Lord Mountbatten, great grandson of Queen Victoria, assumes the post of the last Viceroy, charged with handing India back to its people.
The film's story unfolds within that great House. Upstairs lives Mountbatten together with his wife and daughter; downstairs live their 500 Hindu, Muslim and Sikh servants. As the political elite converge on the House to wrangle over the birth of independent India, conflict erupts. A decision is taken to divide the country and create a new Muslim homeland: Pakistan.
The film examines these events through the prism of a marriage - that of Dickie (Hugh Bonneville) and Edwina Mountbatten (Gillian Anderson) - and a romance - that between a young Hindu servant, Jeet, and his intended Muslim bride, Aalia. The young lovers find themselves caught up in the seismic end of Empire, in conflict with the Mountbattens and with their own communities, but never ever giving up hope.
Runtime: 106 mins