Viceroy's House: A Review

Few films have been made about Indian independence, the most well known has been Richard Attenborough's 1982 biopic of Gandhi. This film touches on Mountbatten's period as Viceroy of India and the effect partition had on the Viceroy's household.
At first all seems well, the Mountbattens are keen to sweep a new broom through the household, and to encourage Indian culture and politics. Then the effect of the forthcoming partition begins to be felt, through the household and through the proposals put forward by the Muslim League, by Ghandi, and by Mountbatten, who is being used without immediately realising.
In many ways the household works as a metaphor for India and Pakistan in 1947. You see servants fighting, effects being divided, and even Mountbatten's family tree which he is working on has resonance when he mentions the murder of his Uncle, the Tsar of Russia, and his family.
Much is resolved at the end, but not without hurt and grief, and cynicism along the way. One also cannot help but see parallels with today's politics. The value of oil fields, a country divided up, uncertainty in a new World.
All in all a worthwhile film and Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson have done much to get the characters of Lord and Lady Mountbatten


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