Partition 1947 directed by Gurinder Chadha is all set for release in India on August 18, 2017 well in harmony with the 70th Independence day festivities. This historical drama titled Viceroy’s House for its release in the United Kingdom earlier this year in March, has been re-titled Partition: 1947 for the Indian audiences. The film stars an amalgamation of British and Indian talent which includes Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson, Manish Dayal, Huma Qureshi, Late Om Puri and Michael Gambon among others. The Academy and Grammy winning composer A.R Rehman has rendered music for this period film.
Partition:1947 based on true events tells us the story of how the last viceroy of India, Lord Mountbatten (the great grandson of Queen Victoria) was entrusted with the responsibility of overseeing the birth of independent India after nearly 300 years of British Rule. The film unfolds at the Viceroy’s house in Delhi, that he occupied with his wife and daughter along with hundreds of their Indian servants. As he oversaw the formalities of the Indian independence coming through, he was also witness to the conflict erupting that eventually divided the hindu population and the muslim population of the country. The Viceroy and his wife are shown as mere puppets in the hands of the higher command in London, who sanctioned the partition which was essentially malicious geopolitics at work following the divide and rule propaganda by the British rulers.
Huma Qureshi and Manish Dayal are serving at the Viceroy’s house, who are witness to the fate of their country being changed forever. They play love interests but are caught in the religious conflicts engulfing India at that point in time. Huma Qureshi shared the film’s official poster on her twitter account, the trailer of which will be out today at 6pm.
— Huma Qureshi (@humasqureshi) June 29, 2017
The film with its earlier title ‘Viceroy’s House’ was screened at the Berlin Film Festival this year in February and received a warm reception by the critics.