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Victoria & Abdul

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Judi Dench is the Queen in the little known story of her majesty and her closest confidant

“No one really knows what it’s like to be queen.”

It’s 1887, and the British Empire is celebrating Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee.

Among the kings and princes in attendance is Abdul Karim, a young clerk who has traveled to the event from his famine-ravaged India to present the aging monarch with a ceremonial coin.

Despite being told “Whatever you do, you must not look at Her Majesty”, Abdul looks at Victoria, gives her a smile, and so begin one of the most unlikeliest friendships in history.

Based on Shrabani Basu’s book Victoria & Abdul: The True Story of the Queen’s Closest Confidant, this period piece from Working Title is about Queen Victoria’s latter life.

It is written by Billy Eliot‘s Lee Hall and directed by Stephen Frears, who also directed the 2006 film The Queen.

Judi Dench, who played Victoria in John Madden’s film Mrs Brown, returns to the role 20 years later, joined by Bollywood actor Ali Fazal as Abdul

As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity.

Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/films/2017/05/31/victoria-abdul-trailer-judi-dench-queen-little-known-story-majesty/


  • forgforg Administrator PEx Moderator
    via press release


    Academy Award winner Judi Dench (Shakespeare in Love) reunites with Academy Award-nominated director Stephen Frears (The Queen), and returns to the role of Queen Victoria, in Universal Pictures' heartwarming drama, Victoria & Abdul.

    Check out the new trailer of Victoria & Abdul and watch the film exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas starting October 4th

    The screenplay is by Academy Award nominee Lee Hall (Billy Elliot), based on journalist Shrabani Basu’s book Victoria & Abdul: The True Story of the Queen’s Closest Confidant, which brought to light the long-hidden history of Victoria and Abdul from their own diaries and journals.

    Victoria & Abdul tells the extraordinary true story of the amazing and unlikely friendship between Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) and a young clerk, Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), who becomes her teacher, her spiritual advisor, and her devoted friend.

    In 1887, Abdul travels from India to present a ceremonial medal as part of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee but surprisingly finds favor with the elderly Queen. The unprecedented and unlikely relationship causes a battle royale within the royal household, pitting the Queen against court and family. Victoria & Abdul humorously explores questions of race, religion, power, and the farce of Empire through the prism of a highly unusual and deeply moving friendship.

    BAFTA Award-winning filmmaker Beeban Kidron of Cross Street Films read a newspaper article about the book in 2010 and was immediately taken with the tale. She remarks, “What intrigued me was that here was a previously untold history, a gem hidden away for over a century. It was a revelation that Queen Victoria had a very close relationship with not only a servant but a Muslim servant. The reaction within her royal household was quite telling, and relevant to what’s going on now in the world – about acknowledging tension between cultures and having open-mindedness.”

    The film also stars Eddie Izzard, Adeel Akhtar, Tim Pigott-Smith, Olivia Williams, Fenella Woolgar, Paul Higgins, Robin Soans, Julian Wadham, Simon Callow, and Michael Gambon.

    Victoria & Abdul is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.
  • gotta lick itgotta lick it PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    i think there was an earlier thread for this movie.

    the trailer is very very interesting.
  • forgforg Administrator PEx Moderator
    Threads merged! Thanks for the heads up
  • forgforg Administrator PEx Moderator
    via press release


    Legendary actress Judi Dench (Shakespeare in Love) revisits the role of Queen Victoria (which she already portrayed in the Oscar-nominated Mrs. Brown), for Universal Pictures' heartwarming drama, Victoria & Abdul.

    Check out the Victoria & Abdul featurette “Long Live the Queen” and watch the film exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas starting October 4th.

    The world well knows Victoria, the iconic leader who ruled an empire spanning the world – but, who was Abdul?

    “She was the Queen of England and he was a humble clerk from India,” recounts author Shrabani Basu, whose book Victoria & Abdul: The True Story of the Queen’s Closest Confidant, brought to light the long-hidden history of Victoria and Abdul from their own diaries and journals.

    “Their friendship would shock the palace and lead to a near-revolt against the Queen,” shares Basu. The story of their friendship, deliberately hidden for a century, is now told for moviegoers in Victoria & Abdul.

    Dench rather liked the prospect of returning to a fascinating woman she had portrayed at a later stage in life. The actress reveals, “I was very pleased that this suddenly came up. I had become absolutely absorbed in her story when we made Mrs. Brown and done all the homework, so, why say no? I admire Victoria as a remarkable person, and this was an irresistible story that had only recently come to light.

    “With Shakespeare, you can come back to a play hoping that in the interim you’ve learnt something more about how to play the part. Whereas this was a proper progression for a real person.”

    The two stories’ respective central relationships crystallized during very different eras in Victoria’s life, but Dench felt there was a connection. She explains, “Victoria was happy when she was with [her husband, Prince] Albert, and then [her Scottish aide] John Brown, and then Abdul. The continuity there is, she was relaxed, completely relaxed, in someone’s company without all the c—p of court, people saying, ‘You’ve got to be here at this time and there at that time.’”

    When she met Abdul, Victoria was decades into her then-unprecedented reign of 63 years on the throne. “Victoria was a prisoner of convention, like most of us become,” reflects director Stephen Frears.

    Dench herself has felt a deep connection with India for several years, nurturing it ever since she filmed The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel there. She states, “It’s completely my spiritual home. I can’t wait to go back.”

    Victoria & Abdul is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.
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    Philippine Release Date: October 4, 2017
    Director: Stephen Frears
    Cast: Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Eddie Izzard, Tim Pigott-Smith, Adeel Akhtar[/CENTER-HIDDEN]

    [JUSTIFY]What happens when royalty meets the lowly? In an East-meets-West dramedy based on real events, Victoria and Abdul highlights the special bond between Queen Victoria and her Indian servant Abdul Karim. Set in a backdrop of intrigue and frivolity that is 1800’s England, the film gives a different perspective of the events during the close of the monarch’s reign and provides a picture of how the unlikeliest of friendships can form at the most opportune times.

    Abdul is an ordinary man, living a mundane life of listing names and offenses in the local city jail of Agra, India. However, in an extraordinary turn of events, he is selected to present a token from the local government to the Queen herself. Leaving his old life behind, Abdul travels to England with Mohammed, a fellow Indian chosen to co-present the token. During the presentation, he catches the eye of Victoria, who found his fanciful ways interesting and engaging enough to appoint him as her personal companion. She begins to call him her “Munshi”, which is an Urdu term for teacher. He becomes the queen’s private tutor on the Urdu language and the Koran, all the while rising steadily in the queen’s eyes and gaining her favor. His newfound position of privilege earns him the ire of the staff and servants in Victoria’s household, most of which fancy themselves as superior to the Indians. Friction ensues soon after and Abdul gets caught in a game of politics and deception, testing the friendship he has formed with Victoria herself.[/JUSTIFY]


    [JUSTIFY]The story provides a breath of fresh air to the common themes we have come to expect with historical period films, particularly when it comes to the English monarchy. While there are still the requisite political and social machinations that characterize the period, much of the film’s focus was on the lighthearted moments between Victoria and Abdul, those special instances that served to strengthen the foundation of their friendship. Judy Dench and Ali Fazal both gave charming performances as the monarch and her Munshi, giving us a more intimate look on the queen’s personal affairs during the last years of her reign. The plot also makes a smooth transition from the comedic to the dramatic, as Victoria and Abdul’s relationship is put to the test by pride and prejudice. The movie does an excellent job of making the viewers love their protagonists and care for what happens to them in the end, to root for their friendship to withstand the trials and tribulations that come its way.[/JUSTIFY]


    [JUSTIFY]One of the film’s low points is the inconsistency with the technical aspects. The backdrops would range from the panoramic views of the surrounding landscape to tackily shot studio scenes with distracting background effects. The sound mixing is also jarring at times, yet on point during the pivotal scenes. The film excels in portraying the grandness of the events such as dinners and presentations, but trips on minor details on individual scenes which take a bit off the story as a whole. Nevertheless, the film remains to be an engaging watch, with a solid story backed by captivating performances by the actors.[/JUSTIFY]


    [JUSTIFY]Victoria and Abdul is a film of contrasts – more so with the differences between the two characters in class background, ethnicity and temperament. However, what the film showcases in full effect is the ability to form legitimate bonds despite those differences, which is a message that transcends time, especially with the current challenges our society faces. Respect, understanding and openness are things which are often taken for granted and yet we need only look at the heartwarming story between a royal and her common-born tutor to know that underneath all the differences that makes us individuals is a common ground of love and friendship that binds us together collectively as human beings.[/JUSTIFY]

    Rating: 6.5/10


    Victoria and Abdul is NOW SHOWING in select theatres nationwide.

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