Viceroy's House

Viceroy's House

Gurinder Chadha (2017)

101min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Seventy years after the partition of India, director Gurinder Chadha delivers this poignant tribute to the millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims (including members of her own family) who were uprooted or killed. Hugh Bonneville plays Lord Mountbatten, the last viceroy of India, with a kind of foolish dignity as he is swayed into brokering the deal that would divide the country and create Pakistan upon Britain's withdrawal. He is exasperated yet mindful of the advice proffered by his wife, but Gillian Anderson is so mannered in her portrayal that it's difficult to warm to her character. Manish Dayal is the ostensible hero of the piece as Mountbatten's Hindu servant Jeet, who eavesdrops on secret meetings and pines for fellow house help Aalia (Huma Qureshi), a Muslim who insists their love is doomed. Even if the romance feels like a tokenistic add-on, Dayal gives an impassioned performance. Chadha's film may lack depth and shies away from the bloody fallout of the so-called "Mountbatten plan", but it is refreshingly blunt about a period of history that is often viewed through a rose-tinted lens.

Summary

Premiere. The final Viceroy of India, Lord Mountbatten, oversees the transition of British India to independence, but meets with conflict as opposing sides clash in the face of huge change. Drama, starring Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson and Manish Dayal.

Cast & Crew

Lord Louis Mountbatten Hugh Bonneville
Lady Edwina Mountbatten Gillian Anderson
Jeet Manish Dayal
Aalia Huma Qureshi
General Hastings Ismay Michael Gambon
Cyril Radcliffe Simon Callow
Ali Rahim Noor Om Puri
Jinnah Denzil Smith
Pamela Lily Travers
Nehru Tanveer Ghani
Gandhi Neeraj Kabi
Director Gurinder Chadha
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Other Information

Language: English / HindiColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Violence.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 3 Mar 2017
Drama