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Viceroy's House (2017)

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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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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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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

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Color | Black and White (newsreel archive footage)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jeet and Ali speak about Charles Dickens and some of Dickens' books, which Jeet read to Ali during events before the time frame depicted in the film. Gillian Anderson played Lady Dedlock in Bleak House (2005) and Miss Havisham in Great Expectations (2011). See more »

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Someone sitting at a table in a refugee camp mentions the Pakistani city of Faisalabad. In 1947, it was Lyallpur, Punjab, named after Sir James Broadwood Lyall. It was renamed Faisalabad in 1977. See more »

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Referenced in Adelaide's Silver Screens (2017) See more »

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Viceroy's House
21 February 2017 | by indiecinemamagazineSee all my reviews

The picture Viceroy's House directed by Gurinder Chadha was screened out of competition at the Berlinale.

The film tells the story of love between Jeet and Aalia set against the historical scenes surrounding partition of India in 1947. Their differing religious backgrounds become a source of conflict as the colonial rule terminates and India gets divided into Muslim Pakistan and secular India.

Queen Victoria's great-grandson Lord Mountbatten arrives to Delhi as the last viceroy; he has the task of trying to make the smooth transition of power. The film broaches serious problems and is a skillful examination of the political turmoil of that time.

The picture is shot in a dynamic fashion, has good camera-work and even has some humor. The film shows well the everyday life of the last viceroy of India, many interesting details create the unique atmosphere which is complimented by the soft sense of humor. It is a lavish production, features many impressive crowd scenes, beautiful interiors and exteriors as well as costumes.

Some flaws of the film include that the romantic subplot was less developed than the historical narrative, which was shown in a more interesting way. Bonneville's acting as Lord Mountbatten is very convincing.

Read more at: http://indie-cinema.com/2017/02/viceroys-house/


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