Viceroy’s House in Delhi was the home of the British rulers of India. After 300 years, that rule was coming to an end. 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.
The film’s story unfolds within that great House. Upstairs lived Mountbatten together with his wife and daughter; 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 examines these events through the prism of a marriage - that of Dickie and Edwina Mountbatten, and a romance, that between a young Hindu servant, Jeet, and his intended Muslim bride, Aalia. 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.
Official Selection Berlinale 2017 - Out of Competition - World premiere
- Type of film
- Running Time
- 106 mins
- Gurinder Chadha
- Gurinder Chadha, Paul Mayeda Berges, Deepak Nayar
- Paul Ritchie, Pravesh Sahni
- Executive Producer
- Cameron McCracken, Christine Langan, Shibasish Sarkar, Natascha Wharton, Tim O’Shea
- Valerio Bonelli, Victoria Boydell
- Gurinder Chadha, Paul Mayeda Berges, Moira Buffini
- Director of Photography
- Ben Smithard
- Production Designer
- Laurence Dorman
- Principal Cast
- Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson, Manish Dayal, Huma Qureshi, Om Puri, Simon Callow, Michael Gambon, Tanveer Ghani, Denzil Smith, Neeraj Kabi, Lily Travers, Jaz Deol, Sarah-Jane Dias