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How a writer found a royal friendship that got turned into film

Judi Dench and Bollywood star Ali Fazal play Queen Victoria and her manservant Abdul Karim in new film.

By: Eastern Eye Staff

Forthcoming film Victoria and Abdul shines a light on a chapter in history that the British monarchy tried to erase. The film starring Dame Judi Dench and Bollywood star Ali Fazal revolves around the remarkable friendship between Queen Victoria and her manservant Abdul Karim. The way Indian writer Shrabani Basu unearthed the story for her book, on which the movie is based, is just as fascinating. The 54-year-old stumbled on the story during a trip to Queen Victoria’s palatial holiday home on the Isle Of Wight, Osborne House, where she saw several portraits and a bust of an Indian servant…

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