“Viceroy’s House in Delhi was the home of the British rulers of India. After 300 years, that rule was coming to an end. For 6 months in 1947, Lord Mountbatten (played by Hugh Bonneville), 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 (Gillian Anderson) and daughter (Lily Travers); 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.”
In Cinemas from the 3rd March 2017 – The poster gives nothing away in terms of the emotional impact this film has on the viewer as they watch society torn apart in this film. The trauma is brilliantly portrayed, and forces the viewer to look beyond the bare facts of partician and straight to the heart of the people who suffered because of it. I ended up sobbing.
Spoiler Alert: With this type of docudrama, I like to scout around (briefly) online to see if I can find the truth – I couldn’t find any references to Churchill’s part in the patrician as described in the film. I did find information which explained some of the looks that Lady Mountbatten gave to Nehru. As always… “Pinch of Salt” – but neither of these points take away from the effective portrayal of the horrendous devastation to the people.