Previously unseen HQ production stills (along with a brand new poster) from Viceroy’s House have now been added to the gallery; links & previews are below, enjoy!
Over 500 HD captures from Viceroy’s House have now been added to the gallery; link & previews are below, enjoy!
IFC Films has acquired U.S. rights to Gurinder Chadha’s historical drama “Viceroy’s House,” starring Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson.
ICF is planning a release in early September. “Viceroys’ House” premiered in February out of competition at the Berlin Film Festival in February.
Bonneville portrays Lord Mountbatten and Anderson plays his wife Edwina in a story set in 1947 as Mountbatten arrives hopeful for a peaceful transference of power from British colonial rule to Indian self-governance. 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.
Manish Dayal, Michael Gambon, Huma Qureshi, Simon Callow and Om Puriare also star. The script was written by Chadha, Paul Mayeda Berges and Moria Buffini.
The film was produced by Chadha, Berges and Deepak Nayak. Executive producers are Cameron McCracken, Shibasish Sarkar, Christine Langan, Natascha Wharton and and Tim O’Shea.
Chadha said, “‘Viceroy’s House’ is a completely different perspective on the end of the British Empire in India. I am thrilled to finally be able to tell this personal story of my grandparents at a turbulent time in history. IFC Films is the perfect company to release the film in the States because they support international directors with unique personal visions.
A new clip from Gillian’s upcoming movie, Viceroy’s House, has been recently released by The Telegraph; view it under the cut. The informative article is posted below.
Released to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the Independence of India and the founding of Pakistan, Viceroy’s House casts Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson as Lord and Lady Mountbatten, the former installed as the last British ruler of the country, tasked with handing India back to its own people.
But conflict soon erupted over the arrangement, with a decision taken to divide the country of Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs by forming a new Muslim homeland: Pakistan.
In this exclusive clip, Lady Mountbatten plans for an elaborate gathering at the House, one that she hopes will allow her to meet and interact with India’s women. She also expresses her concern at the widespread illiteracy in the country, along with its infant mortality rate.
“Sometimes we must accept what we cannot change,” her husband counters, something the Lady quickly shrugs off.
“India’s problems are not just political, they are social and economic,” she says, reminding him of the legacy the British must leave.
Michael Gambon, Simon Callow, Manish Dayal, Huma Qureshi and Lily Travers costar in the film, released in the UK on March 3 after premiering at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival on February 12, and it’s also one of the final English-language films to feature Om Puri, who died last week at the age of 66.
The film is a personal one for director Gurinder Chadha, whose work includes Bend It Like Beckham, Bride and Prejudice and Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging — her ancestors were caught up in the displacement.
Huma Qureshi, who is playing a pivotal role in director Gurinder Chadha’s next, will be sharing screen space with American actor Gillian Anderson and English actor Hugh Bonneville.
The film also stars Manish Dayal of The Hundred Foot Journey (2014) fame, and international actors like Sir Michael Gambon and Lily Travers.
The story of the film revolves around Lord Mountbatten’s last tenure in India, and will see Hugh essay the protagonist’s part. Gillian will play the role of Lady Mountbatten.
An insider says, “The principal photography for the film started on August 30. The unit will shoot for eight weeks in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, starting this weekend.”
Apparently, Gurinder has bought the rights to two books — Narinder Singh Sarla’s The Shadow Of The Great Game and Larry Colins and Dominiue Lapierre’s Freedom At Midnight — to script this film.
The spokesperson of the distribution company that is backing the film in India confirmed the news.