Victoria and Abdul

English
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13 Oct, 2017
1 hrs 54 mins
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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.
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Verdict: Ali Fazal impresses while Dame Judi Dench gives an Oscar-worthy performance. We have all been waiting for the Indian release of the Ali Fazal-starrer, Victoria & Abdul. After all, Fazal has done the country proud by becoming yet another actor to make his mark internationally. After Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone, it is this young actor from UP who ... ...Read full review
On the surface, Victoria & Abdul is the charming true story of the Queens unlikely friendship with an Indian servant, and how this friendship stirred tremendous jealousy among her closest aides. ...Read full review
In a tide of passable movies, the films with the most potential but the least end value seem to hurt the most. Victoria and Abdul is unfortunately one of those passable movies which could probably have been better in a parallel universe, or at the very least in the hands of more capable filmmakers. ...Read full review
In her latter years, Victoria, the Queen of England and Empress of India (Judi Dench), found solace in the company of an Indian clerk Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), who went on to become her Urdu teacher, spiritual adviser and closest confidant. ...Read full review
"The key to good service is standing still and looking backwards, a royal functionary informs Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), before the Indian servants first, fateful meeting with Queen Victoria (Judi Dench). ...Read full review
Undermined by sweeping superficialities and glaring imperfections, Victoria & Abdul is at best a neatly packaged oddity. Operating primarily in the shallow depths of historical apocrypha, the film looks infinitely better than it actually is. ...Read full review
The film begins in 1887 with Queen Victoria`s golden jubilee celebrations. Abdul Karim, an Indian clerk travels all the way to England with a commemorative coin, but not surprisingly, soon finds himself performing the duties of a servant. Victoria, on the other side, is bored, and tired of performing the duties of the queen. ...Read full review
Victoria & Abdul belongs solely to Dame Judi Dench. The 82-year-old remains a tour de force on screen, dominating every scene she`s in. Every bat of the eyelid, every turn of the face, every imperceptible or obvious gesture, movement and expression of hers carries dramatis beyond gravitas. ...Read full review
Shrabani Basu, on whose book this film is based, rightly underlines that the story of the friendship between Queen Victoria and her Indian servant Abdul Karim, sounds like a fantasy, but isnt. ...Read full review
An Indian actor sharing screen space with another Hollywood big star is rare, even though in the current scenario, we see a host of talented actors like Nawazuddin, Irrfan, Priyanka Chopra, to name a few, earning a pride of place in the coveted world of international cinema. ...Read full review
God save Judi Dench, protector of tat, defender of bad films and the imperious queen of Stephen Frears suspect British costume drama, which screens out of competition at the Venice film festival. ...Read full review

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