Viceroy’s House tells the story of the Partition of India. In 1947, British statesman Lord Mountbatten (Hugh Bonneville) serves as India’s last Viceroy and is charged with handing India back to its people but meets with conflict as different sides clash in the face of monumental change. Downstairs in the servants quarters, Mountbatten’s new manservant, Jeet (Manish Dayal) falls for the daughter’s assistant, Alia (Huma Qureshi) and all manner of obstacles are put in their way.
Solid performances from the cast led by Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson. Supporting actors Manish Dayal and Huma Qureshi steal the film with their characters’ complicated romance in the backdrop of India’s transition to independence.
This is a departure for writer/director Gurinder Chadha who is known for comedy films such as Bend It Like Beckham and Bride and Prejudice. Chadha has made a charming film. She’s created this upstairs/downstairs atmosphere along the points of view from Lord Mountbatten and Indians on their long-awaited independence from Britain which is fascinating to watch.
The script is well written by Chadha, Paul Mayeda Berges and Moira Buffini. The cinematography by Ben Smithard is exquisite along with the editing by Victoria Boydell.
A splendid film with a superb cast, Viceroy’s House is worth a look. If you’re a fan of Gurinder Chadha, check it out.
Rating 4/5 Stars