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Gurinder Chadha, best known for directing Bend It Like Beckham and Bride and Prejudice, has an upcoming project titled Partition: 1947. This film, which has been alternatively titled Viceroy House, focuses on the events in the final pre-Independence days when Lord Mountbatten was in office.
The trailer of the film gives us glimpses of Lord Mountbatten’s swearing in, his conversations with imminent leaders like Jawaharlal Nehru, Gandhi and Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the romance between two Indians who work closely with the British, and the building tensions in India as the slogan “Hindustan-Pakistan” is repeated.
Speaking at the launch of the trailer, Gurinder Chadha said, “We were always taught that Partition was because of infighting. But my research shows that it was a calculated political move… I had access to top secret documents in the British library. Their agenda behind the Partition was to eliminate India as a formidable rival to their global supremacy. I am sad that India only thought of itself rather than imagined itself as a global superpower.”This film will see late veteran actor Om Puri in the role of a blind man. Apart from Qureshi and Puri, the film also stars Downton Abbey actor Hugh Bonneville as Lord Mountbatten, Gillian Anderson as his wife, and Manish Dayal.
In the film, Huma Qureshi portrays the role of a Muslim woman, Aalia. She falls in love with a Hindu man, who works at the Viceroy’s House. However, they are separated as the borderlines are redrawn.
Movie is soon going to rock the big screen !