Victoria and Abdul
The story of young Indian Muslim Abdul Karim and central role he came to play in the life of Queen Victoria, Empress of the British Empire.
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 his 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.
- Type of film
- Stephen Frears
- Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Beeban Kidron, Tracey Seaward
- Executive Producer
- Christine Langan
- Melanie Ann Oliver
- Lee Hall (screenwriter), Shrabani Basu (book)
- Director of Photography
- Danny Cohen
- Production Designer
- Alan MacDonald
- 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