still from VICEROY'S HOUSE with cast including Lily Travers, Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson, Manish Dayal and Huma Qureshi

Viceroy’s House 15

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DIRECTOR Gurinder Chadha
CAST Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson, Michael Gambon, Om Puri

A beautiful drama set at the end of British rule in India as tensions rise both upstairs and down in the viceroy’s residence.

In this beautifully shot period drama set in 1947, the new viceroy, Lord Mountbatten (Hugh Bonneville), is charged with handing India back to its people. He moves with his wife (Gillian Anderson) and children into the grand viceroy’s house where 500 Hindu, Muslim and Sikh servants live downstairs. But as the political elite take their seats upstairs to wrangle over the birth of independent India, conflict breaks out both within the residence and across the country. A deeply personal film from Gurinder Chadha (Bride and Prejudice, Bend It Like Beckham).
(2017 UK / India 106 mins)

With this ambitious account of the backstage manipulation and human cost of Partition, Gurinder Chadha tackles a bigger canvas than previously. She meets the challenge with flair – Viceroy’s House, with its jostling below-stairs tensions and colonial gamesmanship is an accessible blend of a Merchant Ivory period piece with the political edge of Amma Assante’s A United Kingdom … this is a vivid and coherent account of an impossibly complex period of Indian history which is driven by fine performances by Dayal, Bonneville and, particularly, Anderson.  Wendy Ide, Screen International 

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