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Ali Fazal elated as Victoria & Abdul gets good response at UK box office


Directed by Stephen Frears, the historical drama is based on a book by Shrabani Basu.

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Actor Ali Fazal is happy that his Hollywood film Victoria & Abdul, in which he stars with Judi Dench, has had a good start at the UK box office.

Many cinema managers had been counting the days until the release of Victoria & Abdul, according to British daily The Guardian, which claims the film has begun with a decent 1.85 million pounds ($2.5 million) from 605 cinemas, grabbing the second spot on the box office list after horror film, It.

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Ali said in a statement: "I just can't believe we above such wonderful movies. Movies with people I love and their work being a genius. The box office is a different ballgame I suppose. So I guess I am happy. We are topping the charts after It."

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Directed by Stephen Frears, the historical drama is based on a book by Shrabani Basu. It revolves around the relationship shared by Queen Victoria and Abdul, who was a munshi in her government. It also shows his journey on how he became one of the most powerful figures in the court.

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The film should achieve decent midweek results too given its older-skewing audience, said ScreenDaily.com.