- Victoria And Abdul first opened at the Venice Film Festival
- This is Ali Fazal's first Hollywood project, not counting Furious 7 cameo
- The film is apparently an unofficial sequel to Judi Dench's Mrs Brown
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Ali Fazal, who earlier featured in a cameo role in Hollywood film Furious 7, told AFP that to get a grasp of Abdul's experience he had delved into various history books. "That time was so different and so essential to this fantastical little world that these two created at the middle of this massive British Empire. The important thing was that we more or less humanised that era where there was protocol, there was racism and everything that we are still dealing with now," he said.
In 1997, Judi Dench played the role of Queen Victoria in John Madden's Mrs Brown, which depicted her relationship with her Scottish gamekeeper named John Brown. Victoria And Abdul is said to be an unofficial sequel to Mrs Brown. Queen Victoria relationship with Abdul reportedly intensified four years after the death of John Brown. "It is very, very complex her attitude to Abdul: not just a feeling of love, but the delight of being relaxed with someone without anyone around or any standing on ceremony," Judi Dench told AFP.
Victoria And Abdul's first international platform was the Venice Film Festival The film is based on Shrabani Basu's book Victoria & Abdul: The True Story of the Queen's Closest Confidant.
(With inputs from AFP)