VIC­TO­RIA AND ABDUL

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In­spired by en­tries found in her per­sonal diary, the movie tells the story of the wid­owed Queen Vic­to­ria’s un­likely friend­ship with an In­dian ser­vant named Abdul Karim.

He’s sent to Bri­tain from In­dia to serve at the monarch’s Golden Ju­bilee and the queen be­comes be­sot­ted with him – tak­ing lessons in his na­tive lan­guage, Hindi, and com­mis­sion­ing sev­eral por­traits of him. In­spired by his culi­nary tastes, curry even be­comes a sta­ple on the royal menu. De­scrib­ing her in­stant chem­istry with her costar, 30-year-old Bol­ly­wood ac­tor ALI FAZAL, Dame Judi says there was no act­ing at all re­quired. “He’s very, very tall. He’s ex­tremely beau­ti­ful and he’s an ut­terly de­light­ful, charm­ing man – and a good ac­tor,” she gushed.

On the topic of lust and de­sire in oc­to­ge­nar­i­ans, she says, “Well, of course, you still feel de­sire. Does that ever go? To the older reader I’d say, ‘Don’t give up!’ ” S Vic­to­ria and Abdul is in cin­e­mas now

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