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 »
As the plane flying the new Viceroy to India is over the Caucasus Mountains, the view out of both windows is identical, with the sun coming from the same direction. The shadows should have been reversed in the window on the other side. See more »
The new drama film Viceroy's House based on a true story from 1947 when Lord Mountbatten and his wife visited India starring Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson, Michael Gambon. Viceroy's House in Delhi, India was the home of the British rulers of India in Asia. After 300 years, that rule was coming to an end. For 6 months in 1947, Lord Louis Mountbatten (played by English actor Hugh Bonneville - UK TV Series Downton Abbey, Paddington), great grandson of Queen Victoria, assumed the post of the last Viceroy, charged with handing India back to its people. The film's story unfolds within that great House. Upstairs lived Mountbatten together with his wife Lady Edwina Mountbatten (American actress Gillian Anderson - US TV Series The X-Files, Johnny English Reborn) and daughter Lady Pamela Hicks (Lily Travers - Kingsman: The Secret Service, Me Before You); downstairs lived their 500 Hindu, Muslim and Sikh servants. As the political elite - Nehru, Jinnah and Gandhi - converged on the House to wrangle over the birth of independent India, conflict erupted. A decision was taken to divide the country and create a new Muslim homeland: Pakistan. It was a decision whose consequences reverberate to this day. The film is deeply personal to the director Gurinder Chadha, whose own family was caught up in the tragic events that unfolded as British rule came to an end. Her film examines those events through the prism of a marriage - that of Dickie and Edwina Mountbatten - and a romance - that between a young Hindu servant, Jeet Kumar (American actor to Indian parents Manish Dayal - The Hundred- Foot Journey, The Domino Effect), and his intended Muslim bride, Aalia Noor (Indian actress Huma Qureshi - Gangs Of Wasseypur, Badlapur). The young lovers find themselves caught up in the seismic end of Empire, in conflict with the Mountbattens and with their own communities, but never ever giving up hope Amongst the other actors / actresses in Viceroy's House include Republic Of Ireland actor Michael Gambon (The King's Speech, Layer Cake) as General Hastings Ismay, Scottish actor David Hayman (Scottish Comedy TV Series Still Game, UK TV Series Trial & Retribution) as an important British figure based in India whose name I can't remember sorry, late Indian actor Om Puri (Ghandi, East Is East) as Ali Rahim Noor, English actor Simon Callow (The Phantom Of The Opera 2004, Amadeus) as Cyril Radcliffe, English actor Simon Williams (UK TV Series Upstairs, Downstairs and Agony) as Archie Wavell, Oman actress Sarah-Jane Dias (Angry Indian Goddesses, Zubaan) as Sameera, English actor Samrat Chakrabarti (Walkaway, The Waiting City) as Mohsin, Indian actor Darshan Jariwala (Million Dollar Arm, Love Exchange) as Guptaji, English actress Lucy Fleming (Pirate Radio, UK TV Series Survivors) as Lady Wavell, English actress Roberta Taylor (UK TV Series EastEnders and The Bill) as Miss Reading, Terence Harvey (Basic Instinct 2, From Hell) as Sir Fred Burrows, Arunoday Singh (Sikandar, Mohenjo Daro) as Asif, Indian actor Neeraj Kabi (Talvar, Gandhi Of The Month) as the famous iconic figure Mahatma Gandhi, Denzil Smith (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) as Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Jaz Deol (UK TV Series The Halcyon and Code Of A Killer) as Duleep, English actor Robin Soans (The Queen, Blue Juice) as Governor Jenkins, Tanveer Ghani (UK TV Series The Royals, Amar Akbar & Tony) as Jawaharlal Nehru, Marcus Jean Pirae (Bulletproof Monk, Stripped Down) as Alan Campbell Johnson and Noah Zeiler as Henry Grady. Pretty much all of Viceroy's House is filmed on location in India along with some screen shots of London the capital of England. Overall Viceroy's House is a good drama film filled with drama, chaos, carnage, love, passion, loyalty, togetherness, hardship, harsh reality way of life, traditions of Indian life, big crowds of people, people dressed up in smart suits like Lord Mountbatten, chefs, arguments, disagreements, falling outs, agreements, tongue and cheek stuff, political figures, the will to do the right thing, family, friendship, markets, trains, cars, army vehicles, some tough hard hitting scenes that are hard to watch at times and many other things throughout the film. So I will give Viceroy's House an overall rating of 3 out of 5 stars and I will say Viceroy's House is worth seeing if you like drama films based on true stories like Lion, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, Hidden Figures, Denial, Tracks, The King's Speech, Jackie, Frost/Nixon amongst others along the same lines. So if you get the chance to see Viceroy's House in the cinema then you should go and see it sooner than later.
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