Shrabani Basu: Author Talk + 'Victoria and Abdul' Film Screening

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Nov 17, 2017
from 06:00 PM to 08:30 PM



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Shrabani Basu looks at the unusual friendship between Queen Victoria and her Indian servant, Abdul Karim, which caused a storm in the Royal Court. Based on previously unseen private diaries and letters, her book, Victoria and Abdul, The True Story of the Queen’s Closest Confidant reveals a hidden story that the Establishment tried to erase.

Join Basu at Leicester's Phoenix Cinema as she talks about the book and writing experience before a showing of the film which will be followed by a Q&A. Shrabani Basu Film Poster 200px.jpg

Screening: 'Victoria and Abdul'

Director: Stephen Frears
Cast: Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Michael Gambon, Tim Pigott-Smith
UK/USA 2017, Running time: 1 hour, 52 mins

The latest film from Leicester-born director Stephen Frears (The Queen, Philomena) stars Judi Dench as Queen Victoria, and is based on the extraordinary true story of her friendship with young Indian servant Abdul Karim. Sent to serve the Queen for her Golden Jubilee, young clerk Abdul strikes up an unlikely relationship with the Empress of India herself. As Abdul opens up a new world of culture to the ageing Monarch, she begins to question the constraints of her long rule, whilst Abdul’s increasingly elevated position in her household causes jealously amongst Victoria’s inner circle and the Royal family.

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