Viceroy's House (12A)

Viceroy's House

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This film was last shown on 22 March 2017

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. A personal film about a political tragedy that tore families apart.

We have a special Q&A event with director Gurinder Chadha on Friday 3 March, 20:00

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Director
Gurinder Chadha
Country
India, UK
Year
2017
Duration
106 mins
Cast
Gillian Anderson, Manish Dayal, Michael Gambon

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