The Viceroy’s House version of India’s partition brings fake history to screen | Ian Jack

The Viceroy’s House version of India’s partition brings fake history to screen | Ian Jack

This Downton-in-Delhi tale takes breathtaking liberties with real-life horrors – and misreads the roles of Churchill and Mountbatten

Imagine a film about the Holocaust where a character pulls open a drawer, pulls out a document and reveals that 6 million deaths aren’t the fault of Hitler but of … Mussolini.

Related: Fatima Bhutto on Indian partition film Viceroy’s House: ‘I watched this servile pantomime and wept’

Detecting fake history needs curiosity – critical rather than passive consumption – otherwise it never gets found out

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