Viceroy of India

Although most people may have not realised, 2017 is the 70th anniversary of India – Pakistan independence. It was the era of devastating mark on history. 

Bend it Like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha has directed a poignant film examining the lives of millions of Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs who were uprooted in what was the largest migration of people in history - the partition. In fact, Gurinder Chadha’s own family members were impacted during the partition. 

Reported in the Radio Times, Hugh Bonneville gives his take on the film ‘Viceroy of India’, Lord Mountbatten, whose onerous task it is to see the country’s “peaceful” transition to independence with the end of British rule.

The story is divided between him, his wife Edwina (Gillian Anderson) and his young servant, Jeet (Manish Dayal). Together they draw a neat picture of the existing class structure within the microcosm of the (albeit vast) household. Full story Radio Times.

On the whole, the film has received positive reviews and whilst some key historical segments seem to be missing, it is expected that the film will do well at the Box Office.