*COMPETITION NOW CLOSED* – thanks for entering, winner to be announced…
WE HAVE a DVD copy of Gurinder Chadha’s deeply personal and moving film, ‘Viceroy’s House’ to gift – all you need to do is answer the question correctly to enter our prize draw which will end next Thursday (on August 17).
In addition to the DVD, you will also receive a copy of ONE of the best BOOKS ever penned about India’s lurch to freedom.
Win Larry Collin’s and Dominique Lapierre’s ‘Freedom at Midnight’ – which Chadha cites as one of the main inspirations for her to make a film about the Partition of India.
Listen to Chadha talk about why she wanted to make a film set in the Viceroy’s House, in a never released before clip – see below.
Our competition giveaway coincides with the 70th Anniversary of the Independence of India and the founding of Pakistan.
The film has also just been released on DVD and is also available on digital HD and Blue-Ray.
After 300 years of British rulers, the last Viceroy, Lord Mountbatten, was charged with handing India back to its people. It is a story that is deeply personal to Gurinder, whose own family was caught up in the tragic events that unfolded as the Raj came to an end.
The film’s story unfolds within the great House. Upstairs lived Mountbatten, his wife, Lady Mountbatten and daughter; downstairs lived their 500 Hindu, Muslim, Sikh servants. As the political elite – Nehru, Jinnah and Gandhi – converged on the House to wrangle over the birth of independent India, conflict erupted. A decision was made to partition the land mass into two separate nations, India and Pakistan.
The British cast is led by Hugh Bonneville (‘Downton Abbey’) as Lord Mountbatten; Gillian Anderson (‘The X Files’) as his wife, Lady Mountbatten; Lily Travers (‘Kingsman’) as their daughter, Pamela; and Michael Gambon (‘Harry Potter’) and Simon Callow (‘A Room With A View’) as key civil servants. The Indian and Pakistani cast is led by Manish Dayal (‘The Hundred Foot Journey’), Huma Qureshi (‘Gangs of Wasseypur’) and Om Puri (‘The Hundred Foot Journey’).
To enter the prize draw, you must answer this question correctly and email us on firstname.lastname@example.org by 10am Thursday, August 17.
Only the winner will be notified, so please use an email you have access to at all times and please leave a contact number (only for the purposes of this competition). You must be 18 or over and resident in the UK. Please write your full name and put ‘Viceroy’s House’ in the subject line of your email entry. GOOD LUCK!
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