Indo-American Arts Council & the New York Indian Film Festival
present a conversation with Gurinder Chadha, director of Beecham House. Also participating will be cast members joining in from around the globe –
Lara Dutta (connecting from India)
Shriya Pilgaonkar (connecting from India)
Pallavi Sharda (connecting from Australia)
Amer Chadha Patel (connecting from UK)
Paul Mayeda Berges (co-creator, connecting from UK)
This exclusive event will be broadcast live on Saturday June 13, 2020 at 11.30 am–12.30 pm ET, 4.30-5.30 pm BST. To access the event, please use this link – moviesaints.com/live/NYIFF/in-conversation-gurinder-chadha-beecham-house.
Audience will be able to ask questions in real time in this interactive session powered by MovieSaints.
At the event, the Indo-American Arts Council and the New York Indian Film Festival will present an online conversation with Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham, Bride and Prejudice), director of the new MASTERPIECE show Beecham House, a six-part epic starring Tom Bateman (Vanity Fair), Lesley Nicol (Downton Abbey), and Dakota Blue Richards (Endeavour). The international cast also features Gregory Fitoussi (Mr. Selfridge), Adil Ray (Citizen Khan), Bessie Carter (Howard’s End), Pallavi Sharda (Lion), Marc Warren (Safe), Viveik Kalra (Blinded By The Light), Leo Suter (Victoria), Shriya Pilgaonkar (Smile Please), and Roshan Seth (Indian Summers).
Beecham House premieres on Sunday, June 14 10/9c on MASTERPIECE on PBS.
Watch the trailer here:-
Hailed during its British broadcast as “splendid” (The Telegraph) and “a feast for the eyes” (The Times), Beecham House showcases the culture, grandeur, and unbridled ambition of one of the greatest civilizations on Earth at the end of the 18th century.
Shot largely on location in Rajasthan and Delhi in India, Beecham House recaptures the majesty of the old imperial capital with its signature Red Fort and dazzling Peacock Throne, where the emperor received suppliants from all over the world. The plot revolves around a house on the outskirts of Delhi, recently purchased by an enigmatic Englishman.
Set in 1795, as the Mogul Empire is slowly losing its grip over a subcontinent it has dominated for the past two centuries, the story focuses on the struggle to control the lucrative trade with India. One contender is France. The other is Great Britain’s East India Company, a private venture supported by mercenary troops.
Three years before, John Beecham (Bateman) was an officer for the East India Company. Troubled by its rapine tactics, he quit. Since then, he has been trading as an honest private citizen, falling more and more in love with India and establishing strong local ties. Not incidentally, he has earned a small fortune and made influential friends.
When Beecham appears at his newly acquired estate in Delhi, his entourage includes a mixed-race baby and its nurse, Chanchal (Pilgaonkar). “No one mentioned a baby is coming, sahib,” protests Baadal (Kalra), the house steward. “You will learn that I am a private man,” replies the new master.
The baby is not the only mystery. Beecham’s undisclosed reason for moving to Delhi sparks intense interest from resident French General Castillon (Fitoussi), not to mention Emperor Shah Alam (Seth) and one of the emperor’s kinsmen, Murad Beg (Ray), who happens to be Beecham’s next-door neighbor. The neighbor’s daughter has an English governess, Margaret Osborne (Richards), who is attractive, intelligent, unmarried, and also intrigued by the newcomer.
The plot thickens with the arrival from England of Beecham’s overbearing mother, Henrietta (Nicol); her young traveling companion, Violet Woodhouse (Carter), who is Beecham’s childhood friend with intentions to deepen the relationship; and Beecham’s old army buddy Samuel Parker (Warren), now trying to restore his good name after being slandered in a trial involving the East India Company.
Finally, rumor has it that somewhere on the subcontinent, Beecham’s dissolute younger brother, Daniel (Suter), is serving as an East India mercenary.
Mix in greed, treachery, and amorous entanglements—plus the appearance of a mysterious woman whom Beecham believes is a risk to the baby’s life—and the stage is set for a gripping saga of far-flung adventure, suspense, and passion.
Beecham House is co-created and written by Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham, Viceroy’s House, Bride & Prejudice), Paul Mayeda Berges (Viceroy’s House), and Shahrukh Husain (In Custody). Victor Levin (Mad Men) also serves as writer on the series. Beecham House was originally commissioned by ITV (UK). ITV’s Head of Drama, Polly Hill, commissioned Beecham House for ITV in the UK and oversaw production of the drama on behalf of the broadcaster. Rebecca Eaton serves as Executive Producer-at-Large for MASTERPIECE. Susanne Simpson is the Executive Producer of MASTERPIECE.