While begrudgingly celebrating her Golden Jubilee, Queen Victoria (Judi Dench, who previously played the role in 1997’s Mrs. Brown) encounters young Indian servant Abdul Karim (Bollywood star Ali Fazal), and an unlikely friendship develops between the two.
Having gained the trust and affection of the obstinate old monarch, Abdul is promoted to “Munshi”, or teacher, and his loyalty to the Queen draws the ire of the royal household, her son, and the Prince of Wales (Eddie Izzard). Soon everyone from the royal doctor to the PM is questioning the Queen’s relationship with this former jail clerk from Agra.
Victoria and Abdul is at times very funny, but it uneasily straddles historic idealism from a time when it was anything but. Viewers would do well to note the introductory disclaimer that reads: “Based on true events… mostly.”
Release Date: 13 December 2017
Format: DVD Blu-ray
Starring: Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Tim Pigott-Smith
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