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.
“Half of the Punjab was given to Pakistan,” she wrote in The Guardian last year. “My Sikh relatives and their Hindu friends suddenly found their homes were no longer in India. They fled for their lives in the clothes they were wearing, grabbing what possessions they could carry. The homes they abandoned would soon provide shelter for Muslim refugees, themselves fleeing from violence in India.”
She also wrote that inspiration for the film came after she appeared on the BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are?, in which she traced her family tree back to the country.
Discovering the home once occupied by her grandfather, Chadha found it to be filled with Muslim families whose parents had all fled India during partition. The families welcomed her, one elderly man saying, “This is your home, please come back any time. We will be watching the road waiting for your return.”
“It was at that moment that I vowed I would make a film that told the story of partition,” she wrote. “Although I had been a film-maker for many years, I had never had the courage to tackle the political tragedy that tore my family apart.”
Viceroy’s House is released on March 3, and will receive its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival 2017, beginning on February 19
Source: The Telegraph