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Viceroy's House (2017)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, History | 1 September 2017 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Gurinder Chadha

Writers:

Paul Mayeda Berges (screenplay by), Gurinder Chadha (screenplay by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Bonneville ... Lord Louis Mountbatten
Gillian Anderson ... Lady Edwina Mountbatten
Manish Dayal ... Jeet Kumar
Huma Qureshi ... Aalia Noor
Michael Gambon ... Lord Lionel 'Pug' Ismay
Om Puri ... Ali Rahim Noor
David Hayman ... Ewart
Simon Callow ... Cyril Radcliffe
Denzil Smith ... Muhammad Ali Jinnah
Neeraj Kabi ... Mahatma Gandhi
Tanveer Ghani ... Jawaharlal Nehru
Lily Travers ... Pamela Mountbatten
Jaz Deol ... Duleep Singh (as Jaskiranjit Deol)
Arunoday Singh ... Asif
Roberta Taylor ... Miss Reading
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Storyline

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 Guy Bellinger

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It's 1947 and British colonial rule in India is coming to an end. See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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UK | India | Sweden

Language:

Punjabi | Hindi | English

Release Date:

1 September 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adeus Índia See more »

Filming Locations:

Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India See more »

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Gross USA:

$1,105,717, 9 November 2017
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Black and White (newsreel archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The first film to be released in British cinemas (different screens and different film prints) in two languages: English and Hindi. See more »

Goofs

Hugh Bonneville sounds nothing like Lord Mountbatten, who spoke in an accent unique to the British royal family and members of the aristocracy. Gillian Anderson's accent as Lady Mountbatten is more accurate. See more »

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Featured in Film '72: Episode #46.7 (2017) See more »

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Good film - but a serious distortion of history...
8 October 2017 | by robertepaySee all my reviews

The film is beautifully acted and a good sub-plot revolving around staff in the viceroy's house.

However, the central conceit of the movie is complete rubbish (plot spoiler averted)...The film, unwittingly or deliberately, robs the Indians and Pakistanis of any agency in their own fate when, in fact, I-Congress and Jinnah made nearly all the running on what happened at partition. The potential for terrible violence between the two main religious communities was always present in India and not a cunning ruse by the imperial government or the Mughals before them. Less painful to blame third parties...

Anyway, the history aside this is a very well put together movie. It would have got 9 stars if it had not played so fast and loose with the truth, which matters if we are to deal with the hurts of the world.


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