*****CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED AND ALL WINNERS HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED****
With summary notes from www.viceroyshouse.co.uk/synopsis
Gurinder Chadha’s new movie Viceroy’s House is filled with historical detail about the period in which it set. We all may remember her film, Bend it Like Beckham’ and now award-winning director Gurinder Chadha – tells the true story of the final months of British rule in India after 300 years in her new film, Viceroy’s House.
As the political elite – Nehru, Jinnah and Gandhi – converged on the House to wrangle over the birth of independent India, conflict erupted. A decision was taken to divide the country. Young lovers, Jeet (Manish Dayal) and Aliaa (Huma Qureshi) find themselves caught up in the seismic end of Empire, but never ever giving up hope.
VICEROY’S HOUSE tells the true story of the final months of British rule in India. After 300 years, that rule was coming to an end. For 6 months in 1947, Lord Mountbatten, great grandson of Queen Victoria, assumed the post of the last Viceroy, charged with handing India back to its people.
The film’s story unfolds within that great House. Upstairs lived Mountbatten together with his wife and daughter; downstairs lived their 500 Hindu, Muslim and Sikh servants. As the political elite – Nehru, Jinnah and Gandhi – converged on the House to wrangle over the birth of independent India, conflict erupted. A decision was taken to divide the country and create a new Muslim homeland: Pakistan. It was a decision whose consequences reverberate to this day.
The film examines these events through the prism of a marriage – that of Dickie and Edwina Mountbatten – and a romance – that between a young Hindu servant, Jeet, and his intended Muslim bride, Aalia. The young lovers find themselves caught up in the seismic end of Empire, in conflict with the Mountbattens and with their own communities, but never ever giving up hope.
VICEROY’S HOUSE is a film that is both epic and intimate, with an inspirational message that celebrates tolerance. Many of the events depicted are either unknown or forgotten, but all have strong contemporary relevance in terms of lessons to be learnt concerning the politics of division and fear, the origins of religious extremism, and our moral responsibility towards migrants fleeing violence for a better life.
It is a story that is deeply personal to the film’s director Gurinder Chadha, whose own family was caught up in the tragic events that unfolded as the Raj came to an end.
The British cast is led by Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey, Paddington) as Lord Mountbatten; Gillian Anderson (The X Files, The Fall) as his wife, Lady Mountbatten; Lily Travers (Kingsman) as their daughter, Pamela; and Sir Michael Gambon (Harry Potter, Quartet) and Simon Callow (A Room With A View, Four Weddings and a Funeral) as key civil servants.
The Indian and Pakistani cast is led by Manish Dayal (The Hundred Foot Journey), Huma Qureshi (Gangs of Wasseypur) and Om Puri (The Hundred Foot Journey, East Is East). The roles of the principal political leaders are played by Tanveer Ghani (Nehru), Denzil Smith (Jinnah) and Neeraj Kabi (Gandhi).
We are giving away 5 pairs of tickets to the Toronto screening of Viceroy’s House on Monday August 28th at 630pm at Cineplex Cinemas Varsity, 55 Bloor Street, Toronto, ON M4W 1A5. All you have to do is follow the directions below to enter.
First five entries will be notified Sunday. All winners must be able to attend the screening Monday August 28th at 630 at Cineplex Cinemas Varsity in Toronto. Contest will close once first 5 entries are confirmed.
How to enter:
- Leave a comment below answering the following question: What is your Favourite Gurinder Chadha film? First 5 comments win!
- ***Entrants must live in GTA and be over age 18 to enter. Emails will be requested to send information about tickets.
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