Starring Hugh Bonneville as, well… a version of Lord Grantham based in India. Actually, it’s the story if the last Viceroy of India and his experiences as the British colony turned into India, Pakistan and East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), and the Indian Independence on the 15th of August, 1947.
Viceroy is the term used for the Queen’s representative in places where the Queen is still the Head of State. In Australia, this role is known as the Governor-General, and the role is currently held by Peter Cosgrove.
Lord Mountbatten (played by Bonneville) was the last Viceroy of India, and the first of two Governor-General’s for India. The position no longer exists as India became a Republic on the 26th of January, 1950.
The film also stars Gillian Anderson (The X-Files), who I didn’t know was British; Michael Gambon (Harry Potter); Manish Dayal; and Om Puri (who passed away on 6th of January) and Huma Qureshi (Gangs of Wasseypur) of Bollywood fame.
Dayal and Qureshi will lead the B story, highlighting a mixed faith romance; something that is still frowned upon by some.
Viceroy’s House releases in Australia on Thursday the 25th of May, 2017.
See the full trailer here: