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Abdul Kareem: Love and Monarchy

Abdul Kareem, Munshi, secretary and “loving son” to Queen Victoria is the subject of the film”Victoria and Albert”, little is known about the Queen’s final companion before her death, except perhaps the royal household’s discomfort at their closeness. Abdul Kareem was born near Jhansi in British India, the son of a hospital assistant. In 1887, Victoria’s Golden Jubilee year, he was one of two Indians selected to become servants to the Queen Victoria, who came to like him a great deal and gave him the title of “Munshi”, an Urdu word often translated as “clerk” or “teacher”. According to Abdul Kareem’s biographer Sushila Anand, Queen Victoria’s own letters testify that “her discussions with the Munshi were wide-ranging—philosophical, political and practical. Both head and heart were engaged. There is no doubt that Queen Victoria found in Abdul Kareem a connection with the world that was fascinatingly alien, and a confidant who…

Gyllenhaal: 9 Stories

Jake Gyllenhaal plays a 27-year-old man who loses both his legs in the 2013 bombing on Boylston Street in the film “Stronger”.  Gyllenhaal is said to have delivered an incredibly powerful performance which in test screenings with amputees received overwhelmingly positive feedback. It’s also the first project from Nine Stories, Gyllenhaal’s production company which he launched with producer Riva Marker with whom he is developing a range of projects bringing together the best of Indie film talent out there right now. So what’s on ‘Nine Stories’ upcoming slate their aims and ambitions. Gyllenhaal has two goals in mind. “One is to find the material I can do as an actor. And also, it’s to champion the filmmakers we love.” He notes that whenever he’s not appearing in a project, he’ll be more involved behind the camera only. ‘Nine Stories’ slate is a mix of sizes and genres, the company just…