Gurinder Chadha, director of VICEROY’S HOUSE, said: “I am honoured that VICEROY’S HOUSE has been selected by the Berlin Film Festival. My film is an inspirational intensely personal true story about the traumatic events that took place at the end of the British Empire in India, events that tore my own family apart. The Festival gives us a brilliant opportunity to showcase my passion project to a global audience.”
Gurinder Chadha’s VICEROY’S HOUSE will be released in cinemas by Pathe in the UK and by Reliance Entertainment in India on 3rd March 2017.
The film tells the true story of the final months of British rule in India and its release will coincide with the 70th Anniversary of the Independence of India and the founding of Pakistan.
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 roles of the principal political leaders are played by Tanveer Ghani (Nehru), Denzil Smith (Jinnah) and Neeraj Kabi (Gandhi).
VICEROY’S HOUSE is directed by Gurinder Chadha (Bend it like Beckham) from a screenplay by Gurinder Chadha, Paul Mayeda Berges and Moira Buffini, and is produced by Deepak Nayar (Bend it like Beckham, The End of Violence, Buena Vista Social Club), Gurinder Chadha and Paul Mayeda Berges. The film is executive produced by Pathé’s Cameron McCracken, Reliance’s Shibasish Sarkar, former head of BBC Films Christine Langan, the BFI’s Natascha Wharton and Ingenious Media’s Tim O’Shea.
The film is a Pathé, Reliance, BBC Films, Ingenious and BFI presentation of a Bend It Films/Deepak Nayar Production in association with the FilmVast and Filmgate Films. VICEROY’S HOUSE has been supported by the BFI through its National Lottery funding.
VICEROY’S HOUSE opens on 3rd March 2017