Gurinder Chadha presents her film ‘Viceroy’s House’ at Berlin Film Festival

Gurinder Chadha’s latest film ‘Viceroy’s House’ deals with the run-up to the partition of India and its far reaching impact on people.

Gurinder Chadha Gurinder Chadha presents her film ‘Viceroy’s House’ at Berlin Film Festival Source : Press
Filmmaker Gurinder Chadha is ready with her latest directorial ‘Viceroy’s House’ which is based on the India’s Partition into two separate countries. The director was present at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival with her film which stars Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson, Manish Dayal, Huma Qureshi, and the late Om Puri in crucial roles. Gurinder’s family was deeply affected by partition as her grandmother had fled during the Hindu-Muslim riots from her home in Pakistan. She used to hear stories from her grandmother whose life had changed overnight because of partition. The director was born in Kenya but raised in Britain has been the voice of Asian community in the West. Gurinder shot to fame with her work, including ‘Bhaji on the Beach’ and ‘Bend it like Beckham’. Gurinder admits that ‘Viceroy’s House’ is her most ambitious film till date as she had to recreate the run-up to the partition and it’s far reaching impact. Talking about the years when she was growing up, she recalls that partition was deemed as the fault of Indian people, “The other discourse in school growing up was that the Partition was ‘our fault’, was caused by ‘our’ shameful behaviour. That the British were ready to leave, that Lord Mountbatten had come to hand India back, but because we started fighting with each other, killing each other, poor old Mountbatten had no choice but to divide the country,” she said. ‘Viceroy’s House’ is scheduled to release on March 3 in Britain but will see a delayed release in India.