At Pomegranate Theatre
Starts Fri 1.30pm, Sat 1.30pm, Sun 7.30pm, Mon 7.30pm, Tues 2.30pm, Thu 2.30pm.
Starring Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson, Huma Qureshi, Manish Dayal and Michael Gambon
The End of an Empire. The Birth of Two Nations. Viceroy’s House tells the true story of the final months of British rule in India.
The film’s story unfolds within the Viceroy’s house. Upstairs lived Lord 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. 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. (106mins)
£7.50 (Concessions £5.50), Student £5.50, Child £5
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