NEW 19TH CENTURY EPIC SERIES
The shooting starts this year for 2019 airing
Beside A Suitable Boy and Black Narcissus at BBC (whose Ordeal By Innocence has been just set for Easter Sunday), it seems we are getting a new India set series at ITV too after their Indian Summer saga.Viceroy’s House‘sGurinder Chadha will helm the six part 19th century saga BEECHAM HOUSEabout a handsome and soulful former soldier, John Beecham, who has acquired the Delhi house to start a new life for his family and a business as a trader. Wealthy and distinguished, John has witnessed profiteering and exploitation during his time with the controlling East India Company and appears haunted by his past. Determined to escape that life, he sets his sights on becoming an honourable member of the region’s trading community. But in the glorious setting of BEECHAM HOUSE, John’s life remains shrouded in mystery. His arrival provokes gossip amongst the servants and despite filling his residence with relatives and friends, Beecham’s house still has dark corners that crackle with conspiracy and sinister intent. The story also unfolds at a time when the 1,000 year old Mughal rule is over and the British vie with the Maharajas to claim India as their own.
This looks brilliant and beautiful.
Starring Deepika Padukone in the title role as Rani Padmini, alongside Ranveer Singh, Shahid Kapoor,and Aditi Rao Hydari, the film is a fictionalised account of the life of Rani Padmini, a legendary Hindu Rajput queen, mentioned in Padmavat. According to Padmavat, she was the wife of Rana Rawal Ratan Singh, the Rajput ruler of Mewar. In 1303, Alauddin Khalji, the Turkic ruler of the Delhi Sultanate, laid siege to the Chittor Fort in Rajputana. According to Padmavat, Khalji led the invasion motivated by his desire to capture Rani Padmini. Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the movie was jointly produced by Bhansali and Viacom 18 Motion Pictures. Check out all of the lavish craziness in the storm of exotic delights in the trailer.
Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson have completed production in India on director Gurinder Chadha’s “Viceroy’s House.” The “Downton Abbey” and “Hannibal” stars play Lord and Lady Mountbatten in the film which which shot in Jodhpur for eight weeks. Set in 1947 it sees Bonneville’s Lord Mountbatten assuming the post of last Viceroy, charged with handing India back to its people. He lives upstairs at the house which was the home of British rulers of India, while 500 Hindu, Muslim and Sikh servants live downstairs. Against this turbulent backdrop, the personal and political become deeply entwined and a decision was taken that continues to reverberate through history.
UK and US release unknown. Should be this year.