Anne is investigating the life of her grand-aunt Olivia, whose destiny has always been shrouded with scandal. The search leads back to the early 1920s, when Olivia, recently married to Douglas, a civil servant in the colonial administration, comes to live with him in India. Slowly, Olivia becomes fascinated by India and by the local ruler, a nawab who combines British distinction with Indian pomp and ruthlessness. This fascination is not without risks: the region is being ransacked by a group of sanguinary bandits, and intrigues are opposing the prejudiced British community led by Major Minnies and Dr. Saunders against the nawab. As Anne delves into the history of her grand-aunt, she is led to reconsider her own life. Written by
Eduardo Casais <email@example.com>
Did You Know?
Producer Ismail Merchant
has said of the film's financing problems: "Halfway through the shooting, some of the finance committed to the project failed to materialize, and we found we were suddenly penniless. The cast and crew continued to work despite the fact that they weren't being paid, but that couldn't go on indefinitely. There was the strongest possibility that we would go under. We would lose not just the film but our whole company [Merchant Ivory Productions]". Renown European banker Sir Jacob Rothschild
viewed a rough cut of the unfinished film and in a rescue package acted as a completion guarantor so the picture could be completed. See more
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