This week’s multicultural movie review is on Victoria and Abdul.

Based on the book by Shrabani Basu of the same name, the film is about the true story of an unlikely but extraordinary friendship between Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and Abdul Karim, a tall, handsome Indian clerk.  The movie explores how Victoria and Abdul became very close friends and the Queen’s closest confidant and how the Royal family, friends and Victoria’s household reacted with controversy to their interracial friendship.

Abdul Karim teaches Queen Victoria about the Koran and the language Urdu, all while Victoria’s family and household try to break them apart with objections like:

“But he’s an Indian”
“But he’s a servant”
“But he’s a Muslim”
“But he’s colored”

Their friendship was so vehemently opposed that the Royal Family burned all records alluding to their friendship.

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Read about the true hidden story of the friendship between Victoria and Abdul via Vanity Fair.

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Multicultural Topics addressed:

  • Interracial friendships
  • Opposition from family and friends
  • Cultural differences
  • History
  • Family differences

Victoria and Abdul Multicultural Movie Review with Petronella

Starring Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Tim Pigott-Smith

Directed by Stephen Frears

Produced by Tim Bevan – producer

  • Liza Chasin – executive producer
  • Eric Fellner – producer
  • Amelia Granger – executive producer
  • Lee Hall – executive producer
  • Beeban Kidron – producer
  • Christine Langan – executive producer
  • Joe Oppenheimer – executive producer
  • Pravesh Sahni – line producer: India
  • Tracey Seaward – producer
  • Lucas Webb – associate producer

IMDB Rating: 6.8/10

Released on October 6, 2017 (USA)

Movie Awards

  • Nominated Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy (Golden Globe)
  • Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role (Actor)
  • Won Composer of the Year (Hollywood Film Award)
  • Nominated Best Costume Design (Satellite Award)

Where You Can Watch the Movie:

  1. Itunes
  2. Youtube
  3. Amazon

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