British-Indian filmmaker Gurinder Chadha’s historical drama ‘Viceroy’s House’ is all set to have its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival 2017.
The 106-minute film takes a shot at the political background after the end of British Empire in India. The film specifically shows what role did Lord Mountbatten and his wife play and how did political elite – Nehru, Jinnah, and Gandhi negotiate in the meeting at Viceroy’s House while discussing the path to independence.
‘Viceroy’s House’ is set in 1947, the story is based on Queen Victoria’s great-grandson Lord Mountbatten (Bonneville) moving with his wife (Gillian Anderson) and daughter for six months into the Viceroy’s House in Delhi. As the last Viceroy, he’s responsible for the smooth transition to independence. Soon, communal riots take place, which also affects the staff at the viceroy’s palace.
The love story of Jeet, a young Hindu servant and Aalia, a Muslim woman working at the palace is affected, forcing them to take a momentous decision. ‘Viceroy’s House’ stars Indian-American actor Manish Dayal, Bollywood beauty Huma Qureshi, late actor Om Puri, Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson. The movie will hit the screens globally on March 3, 2017.