VICEROY’S HOUSE, the hit feature film which explores the transition of British India to independence in 1947, has raked in over R1 million at the South African box office. This milestone coincides with the 70th Anniversary of Indian Independence and, the partition of India and Pakistan today, 15 August 2017. The film also earned more than R90 million during its release in the United Kingdom.
Acquired for distribution in South Africa by Videovision Entertainment, VICEROY’S HOUSE sees the last Viceroy of India, Lord Mountbatten, tasked with overseeing the transition of British India to independence, but is met with conflict as different sides clash in the face of monumental change as the political elite wrangle over the birth of the independent states of India and Pakistan. The film examines those events through the prism of both a marriage – that of Louis and Edwina Mountbatten – and a romance – that between a young Hindu servant, Jeet, and his intended Muslim bride, Aalia. The young lovers find themselves caught up in the seismic end of Empire, in conflict with the Mountbattens and with their own communities, but never ever giving up hope.
VICEROY’S HOUSE stars Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson, Michael Gambon, Manish Dayal and Om Puri; and is directed by Gurinder Chadha of Bend It Like Beckham fame.
Videovision Entertainment’s Director of Acquisition and Distribution, Sanjeev Singh commented, “It is fortuitous that VICEROY’S HOUSE achieved this box office milestone on the 70th Anniversary of the independence of India and Pakistan from British rule. We premiered the film at the Durban International Film Festival last month and released the film on 28 July. We are delighted that audiences across the country have responded so well to the film.”
Caption: Hugh Bonneville, Neeraj Kabi and Gillian Anderson in VICEROY’S HOUSE.
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