Film review: Viceroy’s House

Directed by Gurinder Chadha

With a stellar cast, soaring soundtrack and beautiful imagery, Viceroy’s House tells the true story of the final months of British rule in India and the subsequent independence and creation of Pakistan (The Partition).

Lord and Lady Mountbatten (Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson) arrive in India with good intentions to give India back to its citizens after 300 years of British rule. But they then have to deal with the divisions – the majority consisting of Hindus and Sikhs who want a united India, and the Muslim minority who want a separate state.

Chadha shows the story of both the people in charge and the ordinary Indians whose lives were changed irrevocably and tragically by the events, when people turned on each other, and we are swept along with the tide of change, lies and deception.

We learn The Partition caused the biggest migration in history with 14 million people being displaced and 1 million losing their lives. And then we learn of Chadha’s own family connection with the story. Emotional and moving, with a fantastic cast, this film is a must-see.

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