This is easily Chadha's most ambitious film to date, and her best in a long time.Daily Telegraph
The End of an Empire. The Birth of Two Nations. Viceroy’s House tells the true story of the final months of British rule in India. Viceroy’s House in Delhi was the home of the British rulers of India. After 300 years, that rule was coming to an end, with the political elite converging on the House to wrangle over the birth of independent India and the conflict that emerges from the decision to create a new Muslim homeland: Pakistan.
The film examines these events through the marriage of Lord Richard (the last Viceroy) and Edwina Mountbatten - 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.
Directed by Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham)Featuring an all-star cast, including Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson, Sir Michael Gambon, SImon Callow and Om Puri, Viceroy’s House is a film that is both epic and intimate, touching on subjects that are still incredibly relevant today, like the politics of division and fear, religious extremism and refugees fleeing violence for a better life. with an inspirational message that celebrates tolerance. Many of the events depicted are either unknown or forgotten, but all have strong contemporary relevance in terms of lessons to be learnt concerning the politics of division and fear, the origins of religious extremism, and our moral responsibility towards migrants fleeing violence for a better life.
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