Aug 182017

The film opens with a line, “History is written by the victors”. It’s enough to intrigue you and you’re now looking forward to what Gurinder Chadha has in store for you. But, you’re going to be a little more than surprised!

In a Delhi mansion, you see Lord Mountbatten (Hugh Bonneville); who has arrived to decide the fate of the country. The last viceroy is seen entering his new house and with him, comes the gift of freedom for India. 

In Chadha’s film, the British finally deciding to leave India is actually a benevolent act. After fighting the Germans, they are too exhausted to rule India anymore. Hence, the difficult job of letting go of the country falls into the lap of the last viceroy of India.

‘Viceroy House' Review: An Absurd Film About The Partition Of India© Viceroy House

The nation is on fire, thousands have been killed and hundreds of women have been raped in Punjab and Bengal. And hence Mountbatten decides that dividing India in two is the only solution. But little does he know that he is just a puppet, the strings are in someone else’s hands. He is just doing what he’s told. 

The movie revolves around the theory of how Lord Mountbatten wasn’t responsible for the partition but it was actually Winston Churchill who decided our fate. 

The whole idea of dividing two countries, one for Hindus and Sikhs and the other for Muslims was done from the perspective of controlling Muhammad Ali Jinnah (Denzel Smith) because dealing with Jawaharlal Nehru  (Tanveer Ghani) could be a difficult task.

‘Viceroy House' Review: An Absurd Film About The Partition Of India© Viceroy House

And, the poor Viceroy was clueless, despite being the King’s relative. And when he was introduced to the facts, he felt devastated, guilty and miserable. Somehow, what he did makes him and his wife Lady Edwina Mountbatten (Gillian Anderson) more empathetic in the eyes of the people of India. 

You do feel sad for Mountbatten when he tries to raise his voice about being used and Lord Ismay (Michael Gambon) simply states that it might be someone else’s vision but he is the man responsible for India’s division because the entire plan is called, “Mountbatten Plan”. Well, you got to give the director credit for this scene, because it does grip you. 

The film also revolves around the people working in the viceroy’s house. You have Jeet Kumar (Manish Dayal) and Aaliya (Huma Qureshi) who love each other but the partition might destroy everything.

‘Viceroy House' Review: An Absurd Film About The Partition Of India© Viceroy House

Let’s not forget Mahatma Gandhi (Neeraj Kabi) whose makeup is so terrible that it hurts looking at him. People who feel there might be something about Lady Mountbatten and Nehru’s affair, well, there is literally nothing!

There is no denying that the director’s intentions are genuine, but this 1947 historical drama about the partition is nothing but a fatuous and absurd narrative. You feel that somewhere, it didn’t look like the director’s vision but more of a mouth-piece for the English.

‘Viceroy House' Review: An Absurd Film About The Partition Of India© Viceroy House

There is nothing in Chadha’s partition that we aren’t aware of. You might feel engulfed at times, looking at how a lot of people suffered but that’s just temporary. 

This film’s focus more on the idea to prove that the  Viceroy was not responsible for the tragedy. Which it actually does is misguide the Indian audience as the Hindi dubbed releases with the name, ‘Partition 1947’.

Chadha’s tries to present a dark chapter from Indian history in such a simple and unsubtle manner that it’s too difficult to digest.

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Jun 302017

The trailer of Huma Qureshi starrer ‘Partition 1947′ is finally out and we have got to say that it is as captivating and gripping as a film can get. 

Director, Gurinder Chadha, who is known for directing hits such as ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ and ‘Bride and Prejudice’ is all set to release her new project which is also known as ‘Viceroy House’. The film revolves around the transition of British India to Independence when the last Viceroy of India Lord Mountbatten (Hugh Bonneville) was in office.

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The two and half minute video gives you a glimpse of various events and things that happened behind the closed door. You see Lord Mountbatten in conversation with Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, and Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Between all the politics and tension there is also a love story brewing between Aalia (Huma Qureshi) who falls in love with a Hindu man but are separated as the country is divided. 

The trailer brilliantly shines a light on the conflict that started between Hindus and Muslims and how Mountbatten was forced to draw the border and divide the nation which he wasn’t in favour of. The makers of the film very smartly gives us a small sneak peek into what went behind Mountbatten’s back and how things were politically plotted without his knowledge. Now wouldn’t we really want to see this version of history as well? 

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The film shows us an alternative history of partition and what happened when the British Raj came to an end, making sure that you are hooked to every frame. By the end of the trailer, you are sure that this is one of those films that you just can’t miss. 

The film also stars late veteran actor Om Puri who plays a blind man, Manish Dayal, and Gillian Anderson as Mountbatten’s wife. The film is scheduled to hit the theatres on 18th August and coincides with the 70th Anniversary of India’s Independence. 

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