Victoria and Abdul, a film about the Queen and her Indian servant

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A new film starring Judi Dench details the inspiring true story of the Queen of England and her unique friendship with a servant from India. Watch the trailer here now…

Universal Pictures has released the first official trailer for its new biographical film, Victoria and Abdul. Directed by Stephen Frears, the movie is based on the real life events of Queen Victoria (Academy Award winner Judi Dench) and puts the focus on her unexpected friendship with Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a servant from India.

How dare you look down on Abdul, I am the Queen of England, Empress of India. Abdul has risen on his own merit. He too was a servant. Now, he’s my friend.

When Abdul Karim, a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favor with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity.

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Queen Victoria at her desk, assisted by her servant Abdul Karim, the ‘Munshi’. Date: c. 1885

The must-watch trailer shows glimpses of a deep bond between the pair despite the disapproval of her close confidants.

Victoria and Abdul, which also stars Michael Gambon and Eddie Izzard, is scheduled for release on September 22, and you can probably bank on some kind of fall festival appearance. Watch the trailer below:

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