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Victoria and Abdul

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Synopsis

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.

Details

Year
2017
Type of film
Features
Director
Stephen Frears
Producer
Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Beeban Kidron, Tracey Seaward
Executive Producer
Christine Langan
Editor
Melanie Ann Oliver
Screenwriter
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

Genre

Production Company

US, UK coproduction

A Working Title Films production in association with BBC Films, Focus Features

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Company

Focus Features
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