Evaluate: In ‘Viceroy’S Residence,’ The Birthing Pains Of Two Nations

Impeccable production design and some fine performances, including Gillian Anderson’s as Mountbatten’s wife, hold this film together.
PhotoCramming ample history into a compact running time without sacrificing flow or interest, “Viceroy’s House” is a handsome, fleet look at the months leading up to India’s independence from Britain in 1947, a milestone that just passed its 70th anniversary.
Gurinder Chadha, the British-raised director of “Bend It Like Beckham,” closes the film with an ode to her grandmother, who sought refuge from Pakistan in India.
Famous figures — including Mohandas K. Gandhi (Neeraj Kabi), Jawaharlal Nehru (Tanveer Ghani) and Muhammad Ali Jinnah (Denzil Smith) — are supporting but pivotal players.
The film carries a trace of the sweep of a great screen epic along with the straightforward, explanatory qualities of mass-audience TV, and is never less than absorbing.

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