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Victoria and Abdul

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Took place 2 months ago
Sun 17 Sep 17:30 - 20:00

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Dear cinema lovers,

I am personally a great fan of Dame Judi Dench, the imperious queen of Stephen Frears’ British costume drama, which screens out of competition at the Venice film festival.

The drama tells us the story of an unlikely friendship between an elderly Queen Victoria and her servant Abdul.

"In Protected content , a young Indian orderly was brought to England to serve at Queen Victoria's court, during her Golden Jubilee Celebrations. Something about the "tall, grave" Abdul Karim's bearing caught the Queen's eye (he was then 24, she was in her late 60s). He kissed her feet on being presented to Her Majesty; some days later, he surprised her by preparing a sumptuous Indian repast. Karim soon became the Queen's favourite: from waiting at tables, he was promoted to 'munshi'; he taught the Queen Hindustani, shared his opinions on matters pertaining to India, and became Her Royal Highness' closest confidante.

The friendship was one that was frowned upon by both Queen Victoria's court, and her children. Nearly all traces of the correspondence between the Queen and her munshi were destroyed after her death in Protected content her son, King Edward VII, and Abdul Karim himself sent packing back home to India.

Journalist and writer Shrabani Basu had painstakingly traced the remnants of the correspondence between Queen Victoria and Abdul, Her Majesty's 'Hindustani Journal', and later, Abdul Karim's long-hidden diary, to recreate an image of this unlikely friendship."

For more information, I invite you to give a look to this internet page:
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Even though the story itself might be interesting and curious, some critics were not enthusiastic about it. Nevertheless, it would be interesting to watch it and maybe comment it later in front of a cup of coffee or tea.

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So stay tuned.