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Witness the end of an empire and the birth of two nations (India and Pakistan) as told from the viewpoint of Lord Mountbatten and his wife, Edwina, who were the last British royal couple to govern India, before giving government control back to its people during the start of India's Independence in 1947.
Featuring "Downton Abbey" star Hugh Bonneville as Lord Mountbatten and "X-Files" star Gillian Anderson as Edwina Mountbatten, check out the first trailer for the historical epic "Viceroy's House," which comes from "Bend It Like Beckham" director Gurinder Chadha.
Set against the final months of British rule in India, the film also stars Manish Dayal (Halt and Catch Fire, The Hundred-Foot Journey), Huma Qureshi (Gangs of Wasseypur), Lily Travers (Me Before You) with Michael Gambon (Harry Potter), Om Puri (The Hundred-Foot Journey) and Neeraj Kabi as Mahatma Gandhi.
"Viceroy's House" is slated to open in the UK on March 3rd, with a U.S. release to follow.
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 (played by Hugh Bonneville), 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 (Gillian Anderson) and daughter (Lily Travers); 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 is deeply personal to the director Gurinder Chadha, whose own family was caught up in the tragic events that unfolded as British rule came to an end. Her film examines those events through the prism of a marriage - that of Dickie and Edwina Mountbatten - and a romance - that between a young Hindu servant, Jeet (Manish Dayal), and his intended Muslim bride, Aalia (Huma Qureshi). 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…
directed by Gurinder Chadha
starring Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson, Manish Dayal, Huma Qureshi, Lily Travers, Michael Gambon, Om Puri, Neeraj Kabi
release date March 3, 2017 (U.K. release)