The final Viceroy of India, Lord Mountbatten, is tasked with overseeing the transition of British India to independence, but meets with conflict as different sides clash in the face of monumental change.
New Dehli in March 1947. The huge and stately Viceroy's Palace is like a beehive. Its five hundred employees are busy preparing the coming of Lord Louis Mountbatten, who has just been appointed new (and last) viceroy of India by prime minister Clement Attlee. Mountbatten, whose difficult task consists of overseeing the transition of British India to independence, arrives at the Palace, accompanied by Edwina, his liberal-minded wife and Pamela, his eighteen-year-old daughter. Meanwhile, in the staff quarters, a love story is born between Jeet, a Hindu, and Aalia, a Muslim beauty. Things will prove difficult - not to say very difficult - both on the geopolitical and personal level.Written by
The film is based broadly on real historical events, with added fictional personal and romantic dramatic elements. The main events take place in 1947, with further textual and visual references to historical events in 1948-1950. See more »
Gillian Anderson is credited as Lady Edwina Mountbatten. She would only be called Lady Edwina if her father had been an earl, marquess, or duke. After her husband was knighted, she was Edwina, Lady Mountbatten or Lady Louis Mountbatten. When her husband became a viscount, she was styled Edwina Mountbatten, Viscountess Mountbatten of Burma. When he became an earl, she became Edwina Mountbatten, Countess Mountbatten of Burma. More commonly, she would simply be Lady Mountbatten. See more »
Maybe, I am not fair. But , more than a decent film , it represents for me, nothing more or less. It is a good introduction to one of the most siignificant events after the end of WWII. It is a good example of beautiful performances and inspired script. But the mixture between political problems and the love story of a Hindi young man and his Muslim girlfriend it seems, for me, a mistake, used for give more force to dramatic side. It is a touching film and that is the result of the final confession of director but , the high desire to impress is, in few scenes, too much. Sure, it is a film for see. A moral lesson about a century more than about a country. But, something is missing and something is too more. Conclusion - a decent film about dramatic events.
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