Viceroy's House

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Viceroy's House brings a balanced perspective to its worthy, historically grounded story while taking care to enliven the details with absorbing drama.



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New nations are rarely born in peace... India, 1947: Lord Mountbatten (Hugh Bonneville) is dispatched, along with his wife Edwina (Gillian Anderson), to New Delhi to oversee the country's transition from British rule to independence. Taking his place in the resplendent mansion known as the Viceroy's House, Mountbatten arrives hopeful for a peaceful transference of power. But ending centuries of colonial rule in a country divided by deep religious and cultural differences proves no easy undertaking, setting off a seismic struggle that threatens to tear India apart. With sumptuous period detail, director Gurinder Chadha brings to life a pivotal historical moment that re-shaped the world. Directed and Produced by Gurinder Chadha. Written by Paul Mayeda Berges and Moira Buffini (Screenplay). Also produced by Paul Mayeda Berges and Deepak Nayar. Executive produced by Cameron McCracken, Shibasish Sarkar, Christine Langan, Natascha Wharton and Tim O'Shea.

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Hugh Bonneville
as Lord Mountbatten
Gillian Anderson
as Edwina Mountbatten
Lily Travers
as Lady Pamela Hicks
Om Puri
as Aalia's Father
Michael Gambon
as Gen. Hastings Ismay
Simon Callow
as Cyril Radcliffe
Simon Williams
as Archie Wavell
Huma Qureshi
as Aalia Noor
Nicholas Blane
as Sir Olaf Kirkpatrick Caroe
Lucy Fleming
as Lady Wavell
Sarah-Jane Dias
as Sunita - Aalia's Friend
Terence Harvey
as Sir Fred Burrows
Roberta Taylor
as Miss Reading
Denzil Smith
as Muhammad Ali Jinnah
Neeraj Kabi
as Mahatma Gandhi
Tanveer Ghani
as Jawaharlal Nehru
Marcus Jean Pirae
as Alan Campbell Johnson
Jaz Deol
as Duleep Singh
Noah Zeiler
as Henry Grady
Robin Soans
as Governer Sir Ewan Meredith Jenkins
Gerry George
as Winston Churchill
Yusuf Khurram
as Sadar Patel
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All Critics (76) | Top Critics (20)

  • It's handsome, important, and moving in places, but it just isn't enough movie for the subject matter.

    Sep 8, 2017 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • There's something pleasantly old-fashioned about "Viceroy's House." It feels like a Merchant Ivory period piece posing cultural questions within a safely cushioned environment. There are no guessing games, but also very little subtext.

    Sep 8, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • "Viceroy's House" works, but mainly as a historical refresher on the 70th anniversary of Indian independence. As drama, it's a reminder that truth is sometimes more affecting than fiction.

    Sep 7, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Ultimately, Viceroy's House might be worth a visit just for certain tasty details.

    Sep 1, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • And so we're offered, on the 70th anniversary of the Partition (give or take a couple of weeks), another film about how brown suffering makes nice white people sad. The cynicism is well-earned.

    Sep 1, 2017 | Full Review…

    Inkoo Kang

    Top Critic
  • The formula is a bit too neat and the dialogue is often painfully expository, but there are some fine performances ...

    Sep 1, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Viceroy's House

  • Sep 08, 2017
    Viceroy's House is a fine history lesson mashed in with a so-so romantic drama. Gambon is the actor's gold standard and Anderson really outshines a lackluster turn by Bonneville. The transition to a free India from the Brits reflected that religion seems to be the fly in the ointment for a peaceful transfer. (9-8-17)
    John C Super Reviewer
  • May 20, 2017
    This exceptionally fine docudrama explains the partition along religious lines of colonial India in 1947, into the modern states of India and Pakistan. The producer/director is the granddaughter of one of the 14 million refugees who were displaced. She is also a master of cinematic art. The intense series of events takes place over a period of weeks, during which the British colonial powers negotiated with the religious leaders, and Gandhi, and the British parliament ruled for partition. To say the least, the process was highly complex politically, tactically and emotionally. The film is a keen and astute observer. It enables you to follow logically what happened, without apparently losing key points or sophistication. These scenes are performed by a cast of British and Asian actors sans pareil, with consummate ease and precision. The other side of the story is the heart rending tale of two lovers, who fall on opposite sides of the new divide. These roles are played exquisitely, with a depth of sensual warmth and sincerity that we rarely see, and the scenes are like classics: watch for the woman's blind father, when he realises her situation - no words are necessary, yet the acting is full of meaning. The film is unstinting when it shows the suffering of the refugees, without descending into sensationalism. This is the kind of film that provides a lot of learning along with first rate cinema. You can recommend it to your high school board or college professor, for the curriculum. Maybe if your kids are heading to Asia for a holiday, they would be interested in more than a couple of web pages or Insta shots. In that case, you have this excellent piece. Not to be missed.
    . . Super Reviewer

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