Victoria & Abdul () - Rotten TomatoesHis very presence makes her feel good. Then too, in the couple of decades since, Dench has played nearly every role as if it were a species of misbehaving royalty: the cutting wit and puckish superiority, the way she has of laughing — or crying — invisibly beneath that dour scolding visage. Victoria, too, looks up to Abdul, at times the way the Beatles did however briefly to the Maharishi: as an exotic force of enlightenment. Abdul, as a man, remains dutiful, devoted, saintly, obsequious, servile. His ire is treated as a semi-joke, but the real issue is why Abdul, in all his radiant intelligence, is portrayed as a man who never once longed for his country to be free of the yoke of British occupation.
How An Indian Servant Became Queen Victoria’s Closest Friend
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One of history's most iconic Queens , Victoria was an era-defining figure whose fascinating life continues to inspire storytellers today. While you've surely heard of the long-reigning British monarch, there's plenty about Victoria that will still surprise you. Born in Kensington Palace on May 24, , Queen Victoria was originally named Alexandrina Victoria, after her godfather, Tsar Alexander I , but always preferred to go by her second name, or the nickname 'Drina. At birth, Victoria was fifth in the line of succession for the British crown, behind the four eldest sons of George III, including her three uncles and her father, Edward. This made Queen Victoria the first reigning monarch to take up residence at Buckingham , though her move did not come without its struggles.
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The new film starring Judi Dench explores an extraordinary historical relationship. The extraordinary story of the close relationship between Queen Victoria and the first Indian member of the royal household is now being told. The platonic relationship between Abdul Karim and the 19th-century monarch was one of tremendous devotion: He taught her Urdu, spent time with her at her summer house in Scotland and the two shared intimate letters. But Victoria, who was just 18 when she became Queen, showed herself to be an enlightened woman who faced down her court as she remained loyal to Karim in the face of overwhelming prejudice. Brown, which focused on another close relationship that the Queen had after the death of her beloved husband, Prince Albert.
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