Parminder Nagra

Gurinder Chadha drew on painful family history from the Partition of India to direct 'Viceroy's House'

Gurinder Chadha drew on painful family history from the Partition of India to direct 'Viceroy's House'

In the back of her mind, Gurinder Chadha always thought about the movie she might one day make, one that would revolve around one of the most dramatic and misunderstood events in the history of India, her ancestral home.

The London-based filmmaker, best known for her 2002 international smash “Bend It Like Beckham,” grew up hearing stories about the Partition, which, in 1947, annexed part of India and created the new nation of Pakistan, displacing millions, including her own family.

“I’ve been dying to make a film around it for as long as I can remember,” she said during an interview in Hollywood recently. “But I never had the courage because it was so personal. Also, who wants...

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