Oscar-winning actress Judi Dench says her “Victoria & Abdul” co-star Ali Fazal is a beautiful young man, who is “kind of a romantic and also a laugher”. After its screening at the Venice Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival, the Stephen Frears directorial is set for its first screening in India today. “(Ali is) a beautiful young man. He’s kind of a romantic, and also a laugher. That’s a good mixture. We got on very well indeed,” Dench said in a statement.
The film tells the true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s rule. When Abdul Karim (Ali), a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favour with the Queen herself. “Victoria & Abdul” will be released in India on October 13.