Victoria and Abdul
The tall, handsome Abdul Karim was just twenty-four years old when he arrived in England from Agra to wait at tables during Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee. An assistant clerk at Agra Central Jail, he suddenly found himself a personal attendant to the Empress of India herself. Within a year, he was established as a powerful figure at court, becoming the queen's teacher or Munshi, and instructing her in Urdu and Indian affairs. Devastated by the death of John Brown, her Scottish ghillie, the queen had at last found a replacement. But her intense and controversial relationship with the Munshi led to a near revolt in the royal household.
A tender love story between an ordinary Indian and his elderly queen, a relationship that survived the best attempts to destroy it.
Based on the book 'Victoria & Abdul: The True Story of the Queen’s Closet Confidant' by Shrabani Basu.
Official Selection Toronto International Film Festival 2017 - Special Presentations
- Type of film
- Running Time
- 111 mins
- Stephen Frears
- Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Beeban Kidron, Tracey Seaward
- Executive Producer
- Lee Hall, Christine Langan, Joe Oppenheimer, Amelia Granger, Liza Chasin
- Melanie Ann Oliver
- Lee Hall (screenwriter), Shrabani Basu (book)
- Director of Photography
- Danny Cohen
- Production Designer
- Alan MacDonald
- Thomas Newman
- Principal Cast
- Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Eddie Izzard, Tim Pigott-Smith, Adeel Akhtar, Simon Callow, Michael Gambon, Ruth McCabe, Julian Wadham, Olivia Williams, Fenella Woolgar
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Last updated 28th August 2017