1949 - the last days of British India
Director Gurinda Chada (Bend It Like Beckham) tackles one of the twentieth century's most momentous and fraught events: the 1947 withdrawl of the British from india and the subsequent handover of power, which involved the controversial partition of the sub-continent into two separate nations, India and Pakistan. That partition had disastrous and bloody consequences. The movie focuses on the man responsible for implementing the handover of power, Lord Louis Mountbatten, the last Viceroy of India. It also provides an extremely unconvincing portrait of the Viceroy's cheerfully promiscuous and rather likeable wife, Edwina.