I was pleasantly surprised how good Viceroy’s House was. And I admit I was feeling a tad negative going into this one but came away very satisfied. A movie that will appeal to those who like historical dramas; director Gurinder Chadha has delivered a masterpiece. With a relatively short running time of 1 hour 46 minutes this could have easily been twice as long given the epic nature of the story. It’s a tribute to the screen play and excellent pacing that it works so well. A round of applause to the actors. All delivered their parts well but special praise goes to Manish Dayal and Huma Qureshi. If there was anything that could have been done better it would be more time spent on their love story. The film was best when Jeet and Aalia were on screen negotiating their way through the cultural and sectarian pressures of the era.