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Viceroy's House is a historical drama about the rocky transition from British India to independence. The Viceroy’s House in Delhi was the home of the British rulers of India. For 6 months in 1947, Lord Mountbatten, great grandson of Queen Victoria, assumed the post of the last Viceroy, charged with handing India back to its people after 300 years of British colonialism. Mountbatten, his wife (played by Gillain Anderson) and daughter lived with 500 Hindu, Muslim and Sikh servants.
The film examines the reverberations of this political upheaval through the romance between a young Hindu servant and his intended Muslim bride. Viceroy’s House is a film that is both epic and intimate, with an inspirational message that celebrates tolerance, and examines our moral responsibility towards migrants fleeing violence for a better life. It is a story that is deeply personal to the film’s director Gurinder Chadha, whose own family was caught up in the tragic events that unfolded as the Raj came to an end.
Selected for Berlin Film Festival, 2017