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Victoria and Abdul: Ali Fazal's First Look As The Crown's Confidant Revealed

Directed by award-winning director Stephen Frears who has made films like Philomena and The Queen, the screenplay of Victoria and Abdul has been written by Academy Award Winner Lee Hall.


Updated:March 12, 2017, 10:11 AM IST

One of Ali Fazal's many looks in his upcoming Hollywood film, Victoria And Abdul, has been revealed. In the pictures released, the actor is seen posing against the backdrop of Agra's Taj Mahal along with crew members.

Directed by award-winning director Stephen Frears who has made films like Philomena and The Queen, the screenplay is written by Academy Award Winner Lee Hall.


Ali plays the lead opposite Judi Dench in the film which is based on Shrabani Basu's book. The film tells the extraordinary story of an unexpected friendship between Queen Victoria and an Indian clerk, Abdul.

Set is the 1800s, 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.


Reportedly, during the Agra schedule, a right-wing group had allegedly vandalized the set, protesting against the installation of a statue of the Queen at Mahtab Bagh. Ali flies to London next week for the last leg of shoot.

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