Producer Director Gurinder Chadha of Bend it like Beckham fame is set to release her new film Viceroy’s House in UK cinemas on 3 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 Sir 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 late 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).
Gurinder said, ‘’ Viceroy’s House is a story that is deeply personal as her own family was caught up in the tragic events that unfolded as the British rule came to an end. ‘’
The film is accompanied by a score, composed by Oscar and Grammy winning maestro A.R. Rahman. Rahman said, “Gurinder’s expectation was to have something very classic, very rooted and at the same time universal. I’ve used the sarangi, a strings and brass orchestra, a lot of flute — mainly classical instruments.”
The official soundtrack for Viceroy’s House coincides its release with the film and will be available to buy on all digital outlets on Friday 3rd March. The album features a new version of the classic ‘Duma Dum’, sung by Punjabi singer Hans Raj Hans, who also features with a performance of the song in one of the film’s stand out scenes.
Viceroy’s House is directed by Gurinder Chadha with 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, BBC Films’ Christine Langan, the BFI’s Natascha Wharton and Ingenious Media’s Tim O’Shea.
Watch the exclusive new clip from Viceroy’s House here: https://youtu.be/R1tD1sc2_TI
If you haven’t seen the official trailer to the film, you can do so here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=id_ZyNdvXKQ