Victoria & Abdul

Victoria & Abdul

DVD - 2017
Average Rating:
Rate this:
The extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria's remarkable rule. When Abdul Karim, a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen's Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favor with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity.


Featured Blogs and Events

Victoria & Abdul, Week 1

Welcome to a new Online Book Club discussion for November! This month, we're reading Victoria & Abdul by Shrabani Basu. (more)

From Library Staff

Online Book Club pick--November 2018.

From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Jan 19, 2020

Beautiful movie, based on a true story. Out standing performances by Judi Dench and Ali Fazel. Amazing.

neyoscribbles Jan 03, 2020

A beautiful story of friendship that transcends class and religion. The level of racism is very frustrating and at times, you hold your breath for something drastic to happen, but no level of power can change the mindsets of some individuals. It is very heartbreaking how parts of history can be completely erased, but the truth eventually comes out. It is just a shame that those without power, will always be voiceless (until a 100 years later).This film offers a brief insight into the Queen’s life and Judi Dench is as sassy as ever; a few chuckles here and there. At times, Karim’s character is questionable but I think that’s a consequence of a film based on “a true story, mostly”.

Jul 02, 2019

The only amazing thing about this film is the actual story it is based on; the fact that Queen Victoria had an Indian servant who was a close, dear friend who was effectively erased from the royal family's history. Other than that, the film was just ok. It had some cute moments but was otherwise forgettable.
I actually didn't like the Abdul character. There was poor character development. Was he an opportunist? The Queen might have liked his charming character but he was brazen in his actions and silly. He had an arrogance to him. Of course, that does not justify the unfair and racist treatment he had to endure but he does not strike me as a hero. Overall, the film was mediocre and, as said before, only worth watching for the sake of resurrecting this interesting footnote of history, unfairly and cruelly supressed.

Apr 21, 2019

Escapism this is it; scenes; costumes; story how a simple low ranking East Indian becomes the guru for the Queen & extend her life longer. There is suppose to be a real statue of the Queen in the foreground of the Taj Mahal

Very enchanting

Apr 19, 2019

Loved it

Feb 12, 2019

......We just watched this totally entertaining film Victoria & is a 2017 British biographical drama film based on the book of same name by Shrabani Basu, about the real-life relationship between Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and her Indian Muslim servant Abdul Karim. It stars Judi Dench...5 stars....

Depressing to watch, but this really is a story that needed telling. It is a shame how Abdul was treated.

Jan 05, 2019

This was a good movie, and a great story finally told, but it was also really sad. Worth watching, but just sad what happened to Abdul, sad how lonely the queen was and how out of touch with what was happening in India... just sad!

Dec 30, 2018

Rated 10/10. I thought this was well made. Good performances throughout.

This film interested me enough to do some searches on Queen Victoria and the Abdul character. Very intriguing!

Oct 17, 2018

Fine film indeed. Good acting and touching story based "mostly" on true events.
Tells the story of a 24-yr-old jail clerk assistant from Agra, India, being transferred into a personal attendant to the Empress of India, Queen of England, Victoria, for her Golden Jubilee. The film covers that period, of introduction, to becoming a close confidant, from 1887 up until her death in 1901.
Queen Victoria's successor, King Edward VII, her eldest son, deported Abdul Karim, along with his mother and wife after burning all of the personal belongings from his place of residence.
King Edward VII, was succeeded by King George V, in 1910, a year after Abdul had died.
Interesting biographical information, following the film. I had never heard of this part of Queen Victoria's history before.

View All Comments


Add a Quote
Dec 11, 2019

This is a test. This is only a test to see what happens when I type stuff on here. This is only a test.

Oct 03, 2018


Feb 19, 2018

Abdul: The mango is OFF. Victoria: The mango is OFF!

Jan 30, 2018

Most controversial scene part 1 of 2:

Mother, we have to see you. Alone.
-I'm in the middle of my Urdu lesson.
Mother, we come with very important news of a highly personal matter.
-I've nothing to hide from Abdul.
Please, Your Majesty. Your Majesty... I'm afraid our news concerns the Munshi. We have proof beyond any doubt that Abdul Karim is a low-born impostor, Your Majesty.
-The Munshi is from a noble family and a long line of teachers.
No, I'm afraid he was a mere clerk in a common jail. My own son has sent word from India and has actually spoken to his immediate superior. His family are completely uneducated. His father is a lowly apothecary. // The Munshi never even went to school, Mother. The man's a complete fraud. And here he is, overlooking the boxes. // I'm afraid it's true, Your Majesty. Abdul and his father are completely common. We have prepared a dossier.

Jan 30, 2018

Most controversial scene part 2 of 2:

-You despicable toads! Racialists! Spying? Dossier? Picking on a poor defenseless Indian? Of course he doesn't have qualifications. They do things completely differently out there.
Don't you see, Mama? He's using his position for his own gain.
-And how does that make him any different from any of you? How dare you look down on Abdul? How dare you defame his poor father? Bertie, I'm ashamed that you're part of all this. Abdul is a loyal, wise, sympathetic human being, who has raised himself on his own merits. … It has become apparent that in order to get any respect from the Household, one needs to be formally recognized. In which case, Abdul. I intend to give you a knighthood in the next honors list.
Enough! This is absurd! We cannot protect you from this any further. The man is riddled with gonorrhea!
-Gonorrhea? SIR HENRY:
Yes. Your Majesty.
-Well, you are a doctor. Why don't you treat him? Now get out of my sight, all of you!


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at GCPL

To Top