Based on the true story of the final months of British rule in India, Gurinder Chadha’s Viceroy’s House will release in the UK on Digital Download 24 July 2017 and on Blu-ray™ and DVD on 7 August 2017.
The release coincides with the 70th Anniversary of the Independence of India and the founding of Pakistan. After 300 years of British rulers, the last Viceroy, Lord Mountbatten, was charged with handing India back to its people. It is a story that is deeply personal to Gurinder, whose own family was caught up in the tragic events that unfolded as the Raj came to an end.
The film’s story unfolds within the great House. Upstairs lived Mountbatten, his wife, Lady Mountbatten and daughter; downstairs lived their 500 Hindu, Muslim, 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 whose consequences reverberate to this day.
Viceroy’s House 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.
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 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 Blu-ray and DVD offers a host of special features, including:
- The Making Of Viceroy’s House Featurette
- Viceroy’s House: A Personal Story Featurette
- The Cast Of Viceroy’s House Featurette
- Deleted Scenes
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- Feature Audio Description