History artfully devises a way whereby, one is made to believe, that the Brits were heinous beings who tormented Indians to capture, plunder and loot the gold! Well, this could have agreeably been a part of the plan, but what had furthered the cause? Has anyone questioned the same? Till now we’ve known of events that have glorified the brave ways of our freedom fighters. But there were some Brit’s who had no vested interest and would simply want to forge trade relations with India. Several Englishmen have ruthlessly opposed the ways of the company but were asked to remain mute. Many such interesting narratives that have been shoved under the carpet, to keep the Indian nationalist sentiments from dying. Gurinder Chadha, the maker of Beecham House has taken the initiative to unearth some of these facts.
Beecham House, streaming on Netflix, has not received its due credit. The plot revolves around John Beecham who was sickened by the atrocities committed by his company fellowmen upon native Indians. On witnessing the apathy, John is forced to leave the company, and start anew. While he attempts to do so, John gets married to Princess Kamalavati daughter of the King of Kalyan (Played by Denzil Smith). They are blessed with a wonderful Anglo Indian lad named ‘baby Agustya’ (or baby August). Princess Kamlavai dies in an unfortunate event, and leaving baby Agastya (the heir apparent of Kalyan) under the watchful eye of his beloved father, John Beecham. John Beecham moves to the capital city of Delhi and starts anew. He aims at acquiring a trade license from Emperor Shah Alam (played by Roshan Seth), and simply establish himself as a humble trader. But General Castillion (played by Gregory Fitoussi), the French mercenary at the Mughal court, has other plans and taints John Beecham’s reputation by accusing him of being the company man, who is plotting against the Emperor. He further goes on to add that John Beecham is the company spy, who helps the company to plot on usurping Kanuuj. John’s business partner and dear friend, Samuel (played by Marc Warren) plays an important role in being the roadblock and sullying John’s reputation, as he secretly allies with General Castillion. The plot gets John stuck in an odd spot, and Daniel Beecham (Played by Leo Suter) and Margret Osborne (Dakota Blue Richards) come to his rescue.
The dialogues have a classic edge to it. It is so nice to hear of the language that is bereft of any slang. Zabarjad Salam has rendered the feel of the era using the right words. India Take One Productions along with Catherine Golding have ensured there are no stones left unturned to bring the viewers back to the nostalgic Mughal era. The top-notch production standards have heightened the glory of the series. Music editor Ed Hamilton has enhanced the plot by giving a wonderful medley of Anglo Indian numbers that so suit the plot.
All in all, Beecham House is a must-watch for all history enthusiasts and lover of classic stories. Rating: 3.5/5 (Watch Beecham House on Netflix here)