became a political advisor to the queen.’
‘This guy was
disrupting the royal household. It sent shockwaves...’ - Ali
Fazal on his character Abdul Karim and working with acting
legend Judi Dench.
In 1887, during
Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee celebrations, two Indian clerks
were sent from Agra to England to present the monarch with a
One of the clerks,
Abdul Karim, became the queen’s trusted confidante and spent the
next 15 years teaching her Urdu, and advising the empress of
India on political and other matters.
Six years ago,
Shrabani Basu, an Indian journalist living in London, wrote
Victoria and Abdul about this unusual friendship between monarch