Anil Ambani-led Reliance Entertainment will release British filmmaker of Sikh origin Gurinder Chadha’s Viceroy’s House — a true story of the final months of British rule in India will release in India and globally on March 3, 2017. The Indian and Pakistani cast of the project is led by Manish Dayal, Huma Qureshi and Om Puri. The roles of the principal political leaders are played by Tanveer Ghani (Jawaharlal Nehru), Denzil Smith (Muhammad Ali Jinnah) and Neeraj Kabi (Mahatma Gandhi).
It is a story that is deeply personal to Gurinder, whose own family was caught up in the tragic events that unfolded as the British Raj came to an end, said a statement.
A brief of the film reads: “For six months in 1947, Lord Mountbatten assumed the post of the last Viceroy, charged with handing India back to its people. Mountbatten lived upstairs together with his wife and daughter. “Downstairs lived their 500 Hindu, Muslim and Sikh servants. As the political elite – Nehru, Jinnah and Gandhi – converged on the House to wrangle over the birth of independent India, conflict erupted.
A decision was taken to divide the country and create a new Muslim homeland: Pakistan. It was a decision whose consequences reverberate to this day.”
The film examines these events through the prism of a marriage that of Dickie and Edwina Mountbatten — and a romance — that between a young Hindu servant, Jeet, and his intended Muslim bride, Aalia.
According to the makers of the film, “Viceroy’s House” has an inspirational message that celebrates tolerance.
Watch the trailer here