Viceroy's House

Synopsis: New Dehli in March 1947. The huge and stately Viceroy's Palace is like a beehive. Its five hundred employees are busy preparing the coming of Lord Louis Mountbatten, who has just been appointed new (and last) viceroy of India by prime minister Clement Attlee. Mountbatten, whose difficult task consists in overseeing the transition of British India to independence, arrives at the Palace, accompanied by his Edwina, his liberal-minded wife and by his eighteen-year-old daughter Pamela. Meanwhile, in the staff quarters, a love story is born between Jeet, a Hindu, and Aalia, a Muslim beauty. Things will prove difficult - not to say very difficult - both on the geopolitical and personal level.
Director(s): Gurinder Chadha
Production: Anguille Productions
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106 min

with great pride.


Oh, this is quite something.


This is the indoor staff.

Good heavens!

Fifty and something, I believe.

On behalf of you all...

I'd like to welcome the incoming

Viceroy and his family.

I am sure that you will give them

the same good service

that you have always given us.


Who is he?

My father was jailed for marching

with Gandhiji.

My mother and I were not allowed

to visit him,

but there was this young

Hindu policeman who helped us.

He took letters, food, medicine

for my father.

But your face when you saw him.

I was... I was only surprised

to see him.

- Stop making mischief.

- This solves a mystery, Aalia.

Sunita, there's nothing between us.

Nothing for you, maybe.

I don't envy you, Dickie.

I tried to solve it, but it's operation

madhouse, if you ask me.

Thousands dead already.

Thirty million Hindus and Sikhs

want a united India

but many of the 100 million

Muslims do not.

The Muslim minority don't want to be

part of India.

They want their own country, Pakistan.

There's such rancour between

the leaders now,

it's nigh on impossible to get them

in the same room.

Well, whatever their differences are,

all Indians have one thing in common.

- What's that?

- They can't wait to get rid of us.

- Mr Nehru, sir.

- Hm.

Mr Nehru and some of the other

leaders were kind enough

to come and meet my plane.

I asked them all to eat with us.

It seemed the least I could do.

I hope it's not inconvenient.

- Excellency.

- Good afternoon.

- Lord Ismay.

- Hello.

My dear, dear Dickie.

Panditji, thank you for joining us.

It is always a pleasure to be in

the Viceroy's house and not in his jails.

You would not have needed

to be jailed

had you not been trying to undermine

us as we fought the Nazis.

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Paul Mayeda Berges

Paul Mayeda Berges (born September 11, 1968 in Torrance, California) is an American screenwriter and director. Of Japanese and Basque ancestry, Berges attended the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he studied film and graduated in 1990. He began his career by making documentaries (on the Japanese American community) and teaching film production (to high school students). He has collaborated with his wife, British-Indian director Gurinder Chadha, on a number of films and made his directorial debut in 2005 with The Mistress of Spices, based on the novel by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. Berges officially met his wife in March 1994, while he was working as a Festival Director at the San Francisco Asian American International Film Festival. But they had also briefly met in September 1993. They married in the mid-nineties and have twins together; a boy named Ronak and a girl named Kumiko (born June 7, 2007). more…

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