Monday, July 10, 2017

PREMIUM SPOTLIGHT ON STEPHEN FREARS 19TH CENTURY DRAMA 'VICTORIA AND ABDUL' WITH JUDI DENCH AND ALI FAZAL

'VICTORIA AND ABDUL'
JUDI DENCH RULES BRITAIN AGAIN
The movie bows in cinemas this September
Yesterday we had Leopold II of Belgium, and today here's another shamelessly ruthless tyrant that hoarded undeserved wealth by exploiting and enslaving the brutally oppressed people in the humiliated colonies. British queen Victoria in VICTORIA AND ABDUL, a new period set drama coming from director Stephen Frears (Queen, Philomena, Dangerous Liaisons) with Dame Judi Dench playing the queen for the second time, twenty years after she played the greedy monarch in Mrs. Brown. The movie should arrive in theatres around Europe, Australia and America mid September.

A MOST UNLIKELY FRIENDSHIP
The movie tells the extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s long rule. When Abdul Karim, a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen’s
Judi Dench is actually much older than Victoria was when she died
Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favour with the Queen herself. 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
Dench also played queen Elizabeth on the big screens
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!

HUNDREDS OF COSTUMES
The movie was shot in Scotland and England
Bollywood actor, whom you've seen in Furious 7, Ali Fazal takes the second lead role alongside Dame Judi, as the Indian clerk Abdul. Eddie Izzard joins the cast as Bertie, Prince of Wales who disapproved of the relationship and tried to drive Karim out of the Royal Household. Also joining the cast are Tim Pigott Smith as Sir Henry Ponsonby (it was his last role), Michael Gambon as Lord Salisbury, Olivia Williams as Baroness Churchill and others. Oscar nominee, costume designer Consolata Boyle had prepared more than 600 colourful costumes for Abdul, out of which only the best ones were chosen for the actual shooting to depict
Frears and Dench already worked together on Philomena
the fashion of the 19th century, while Victoria's wardrobe was even more numerous in items and richness. It took many months for the costumes to be prepared. When Abdul, after studying the etiquette for many months, arrived to English court, because the snobbish monarch
The movie was based on Shrabani Basu's book
was curious about her subjects in India as one might be about some exotic pets, he was actually made to kiss her feet, but later on he became her official clerk and trusted confidante. 

8 comments:

  1. Wow, fascinating costumes!

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    1. I'd wear most of his outfits myself :)

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  2. I hope this is at least based on some semblance of historical fact and is not just a revisionist invention to cast a better light on Victorian colonialism.

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    1. it is a true story, but made in a light and charming way to make English people ever so cultured and delightful... Indians are not so happy about it, and justly so. The movie really is lovely and fun, but the truth behind is very very sad. Like, Imma gonna take one Indian servant and treat him right and all will be well, everybody will forget I butchered millions of them and stole everything they got.

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  3. Well, I love Dench, so I'll see it. I'm not a fan of colonialism no matter what country's the culprit, but I am a fan of Dench.

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    1. she is outstanding in this one, as someone says -Oscar, are you there? It's Juds - :)

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  4. We do love to love Judi Dench and love to hate Queen Victoria. Should be interesting at least.

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    1. she is ever so amazing in this role

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