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A must-see movie, Vic­to­ria and Ab­dul is sim­ply a de­light to watch.

The film fo­cuses on the beau­ti­ful friend­ship that de­vel­ops be­tween the monarch and a poor young clerk who is sent from In­dia to present Queen Vic­to­ria with a valu­able coin for her Golden Ju­bilee.

Judy Dench most cer­tainly presents a for­mi­da­ble por­trayal of Queen Vic­to­ria, whose stern face watches in dis­dain over her many ser­vants and as­sis­tants.

Ab­dul manages to cut through her icy ex­te­rior to find a woman who is very lonely, and brings joy back into her life by teach­ing her about the out­side world, its beauty and lan­guages.

Ali Fazal is su­perb as the young clerk Ab­dul, bring­ing to the au­di­ence a gen­tle hu­mour and warmth.

View­ers leave the cin­ema feel­ing that they have been trans­ported back to the days of op­u­lence and plenty, seen through the eyes of a lowly clerk who left his mark in his­tory.

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