Viceroy's House

2017

Biography / Drama / History / News / Romance

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 71%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 68%
IMDb Rating 6.6 10 3701

Synopsis


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Cast

Gillian Anderson as Lady Edwina Mountbatten
Michael Gambon as General Lionel Hastings Ismay
Hugh Bonneville as Lord Louis Mountbatten
Manish Dayal as Jeet Kumar
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Prismark10 5 / 10

What a carve up

Viceroy's House lays bare the British tradition of divide and rule. Churchill no lover of all things Indian had planned the break up of India before Lord Mountbatten even set foot in India.

Gurinder Chadha's film looks sumptuous but the script is rather clunky, the characters thinly sketched and people prone to violence at the drop of a hat which sort of confirms Churchill's bigoted views of Indians. You see important white characters being threatened or spat on by lowly servants. If this indeed took place, the servants would had been beaten to a pulp and imprisoned or worse just shot dead.

Lord Mountbatten (Hugh Bonnerville) appointed as the last Viceroy of India is seen as more honourable and well intentioned in this film. His progressive wife, Lady Edwina Mountbatten (Gillian Anderson) is seen as trying to relieve the misery caused by the break up of the country which swelled the refugee crisis.

If I wanted to see a better film that covers the subject matter, I might as well watch Richard Attenborough's Gandhi. This film is rather lumbering but there is some tenderness with the love subplot. Om Puri playing a blind father unable to sense the romance that has developed between his Muslim daughter and Hindu neighbour, both of whom work at Viceroy's House.

Reviewed by Martin Bradley 7 / 10

A history lesson but a good one

A history lesson but a good one. Gurinder Chada's "Viceroy's House" is about the British withdrawl from India and the eventual partition of the country and it's a highly intelligent picture, full of good talk. In order to sell it to a wider market there's a 'Romeo and Juliet' style love story between two young Indians that makes up a fairly substantial subplot though it is the divisions that exist between the Hindu and Muslim staff that provides the film's real interest.

Cast as Viceroy Lord Mountbatten, Hugh Bonneville brings more than a touch of Downton Abbey to the Viceroy's House though Gillian Anderson is outstanding as Lady Edwina while the entire supporting cast deserve kudos. Hardly likely to set the multiplexes alight on a Saturday night this is still well worth seeking out.

Reviewed by Suradit 9 / 10

Upstairs, Downstairs at the Viceroy's House

While the movie dealt with the disaster that was the handover of India to it's people and the carnage of partition, the story centered its attention on the ridiculously palatial British Viceroy's House, the farcical pomposity of the British who conducted their business there and the countless number of Indian servants whose behavior and attitudes which reflected those of the Indian population at large.

As Churchill said, "History is written by the victors," and thus British colonialism in general, and people such as the Mountbattens in particular, have long been blindly glorified and exculpated. At least this movie helps to expose Mountbatten as the fatuous tool of the politicians that he was, chosen for his gullibility and his obsession with inflating his reputation. His wife and daughter come across as being the sympathetic, but clueless ego-centric do-gooders that they were.

The rush to hand over India, as one servant in the movie aptly stated, was because the British didn't want to be accountable for the inevitable carnage. As we were informed at the end of the film, countless millions were displaced and one million died, with the blame conveniently shifted onto independent India. This moment in Indian history, the obvious focus of the movie, and the resultant blood shed, as horrific as it was, would pale in comparison with an honest assessment of the death, destruction, enslavement and exploitation visited on India during the previous centuries of British rule. Shashi Tharoor recently claimed that Britain was responsible for the deaths of 35 million Indians. The accuracy of his numerical claim is irrelevant, but it does provide a contextual comparison.

The family of the film's director, Gurinder Chadha, suffered from the partition debacle and from the irresponsible colonial rulers. Possibly the time has come for history to be portrayed by its victims, rather than the supposed victors. Gurinder Chadha has been accused of bias in her film's portrayal of Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Indian Muslims.

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