Victoria & Abdul (Movie Review)

By: Suhail Umrani (Raj)

Abdul Karim, an Indian prison clerk, embarks on an incredible journey to honor Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee.


Stephen Frears' biographical comedy-drama Victoria & Abdul was released in 2017. The film is based on Shrabani Basu's book on Queen Victoria's real-life relationship with her Indian Muslim servant Abdul Karim. Judi Dench and Ali Fazal are among the cast. It premiered at the 74th Venice Film Festival on September 15th, 2017.


It is currently done by Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), an Agra jail clerk. On his way to a Golden Jubilee dinner, Abdul runs into the Queen. In actual life, Karim looked very different.


Abdul has been assigned to redecorate Victoria's study, which should be finished soon. "Jack of all trades" from mangoes to the Taj Mahal, an Urdu instructor is a guru. Her bright and lovely young buddy inspires her to perform Gilbert and Sullivan tunes. Abdul, a human laxative, reportedly helped the Saudi royal family's bowel motions.


Make an unofficial Victoria, and Abdul sequel and a Mrs. Brown remake the highest-grossing British films ever. FOUR WEDDINGS AND FUNERALS Working Title gives you a love story. Despite funds, an exquisite wedding occurred.


No more pessimism. Despite its romantic and royalist undertones, Lee Hall's screenplay, directed by Stephen Frears, is entertaining while criticizing prejudice and elitism.


Many officials are surprised Judi Dench, everyone's favorite fictional grandma has joined the Queen's Household.


It's a shame they can just harrumphing. It's mostly older stuff by Abdul. After 10 minutes, snobbery shouts, "You can't!" "I am Queen of England," Victoria says.


I can do anything. Toff shows monarchs are progressive and down-to-earth, unlike aristocratic stiffs.


That's about all. Mrs. Brown's Story depicts the Queen's connection with her servant as scandalous to Parliament and the country. In the 2017 footage, the Queen's friends and family seem worried.


We also don't know Abdul's plans. We don't know what he thinks. Informed that he is childless, her personal physician "downstairs" visits him.


A bolder and more beautiful picture might have probed the Munshi's motivations. If so, his critics were right to call him a con man. The British Empire's lengthy rule in India may have been his point.


However, Frears and Hall choose a more simple, emotional story. It was the correct commercial choice. One of the film's recurrent motifs is a poor Indian, which is unfortunately underplayed.


Instead of being frightened by the legend (Dench), Ali Fazal seizes the opportunity and holds his own. His one-dimensional perspective of the Munshi allows much interpretation. Why was an Indian so devoted to the English Queen who ruled India? Was he naive or seeking a quick fix? What was his personality? As a result, Abdul is reduced to a spectator.


The film's tone shifts from cross-cultural comedy to monotonous melancholy towards the middle.


Despite its weak storyline, running time, and historical inaccuracies, Victoria and Abdul remain a lovely film. See it for Judi Dench's and Ali Fazal's performances.


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