September 22, 2017 Focus Features Director: Stephen Frears Screenwriter: Lee Hall Starring: Judi Dench
Dame Judi Dench to play Queen Victoria in "Victoria and Abdul." Based on Shrabani Basu’s book “Victoria & Abdul: The True Story of the Queen’s Closest Confidant," the film tells the extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s remarkable rule. When Abdul Karim, a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favor 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 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.
Agra: Actor Ali Fazal during the shooting of the hollywood film "Victoria & Abdul: The True Story of the Queen's Closet Confidant" in Agra on Nov 17, 2016. (Photo: Pawan Sharma/IANS)