‘Viceroy’s House’ World Premiere at Berlin
‘Viceroy’s House’, Gurinder Chadha’s personal take on the Indian partition, will celebrate its World Premiere at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival on Sunday 12 February.
The director said,
“I am honoured that Viceroy’s House has been selected by the Berlin Film Festival. My film is an inspirational intensely personal true story about the traumatic events that took place at the end of the British Empire in India, events that tore my own family apart. The Festival gives us a brilliant opportunity to showcase my passion project to a global audience.”
The film takes you back to 1947, when Lord Mountbatten assumes the post of the last Viceroy, charged with handing India back to its people. He lived upstairs in the house, which was the home of British rulers, while 500 Hindu, Muslim and Sikh servants lived downstairs. The film is based on the books ‘Freedom at Midnight’ by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre, and ‘The Shadow of the Great Game—The Untold Story of the Partition’ by Narendra Singh Sarila. This is also the final film that veteran Indian actor, Om Puri starred in before his untimely death. The film stars ‘Downton Abbey’ actor Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson as Louis and Edwina Mountbatten respectively and actor Huma Qureshi from India.
Director Gurinder Chadha grew up in Southall, London, England. She began her career as a news reporter with BBC Radio, directed several award winning documentaries for the BBC, and began an alliance with the British Film Institute (BFI) and Channel Four. In 1990, Chadha set up her own production company, Umbi Films. She is now an award-winning director and a two-time BAFTA nominee for her films, ‘Bhaji on the Beach’ (1993) and ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ (2002), which are her most critically acclaimed and awarded projects.