Viceroy’s House is a must at the Young at Heart Film Festival

Viceroys House is an epic historical drama set in 1947 during the final months of the handing over of independence to India. 

Soon to screen at Palace Centro as a part of The Young at Heart Film Festival, this is one movie not to miss.

Director Gurinder Chadha, was inspired by true events from her own family history to create this movie. 

After 300 years of Colonial rule, Lord Mountbatten, the last Viceroy (Hugh Bonneville) is given the task to swiftly transition the country to self-rule amidst upheaval and bloodshed between the Hindu, Muslim and Sikh population.

Mountbatten’s wife Edwina (Gillian Armstrong) and their daughter (Lily Travers), are witness to the countries turmoil. Edwina highlights the people’s plight with compassion.

As Gandhi (Neeraj Kabi) and elite politicians arrive at the house for negotiations, tensions are accelerated both within and outside the palace grounds. 

 Within the 500 strong staff a forbidden romance blossoms between the very beautiful Aalia (Huma Qureshi), a Muslim girl and her charming Hindu love, Jeel (Manish Dayal). 

 Their romance mirrors the angst and heartbreak the people suffer during the lead up to partition.

The cinematography takes us through the magnificent palace and some shots are filmed on location inside the palace grounds itself (present day Government House). 

The sheer enormity of staff, to run the palace for the 3 British residents seems extravagant and yet they play a very endearing and poignant role giving this epic film a very intimate touch.

There is much to love about this movie, and it’s a story every generation needs to heart.

Words by Elizabeth Lamont

Image by Young at Heart

Details: Viceroy’s House | Young at Heart Film Festival | Palace Centro 20th – 26 April, 2017