The last time Judi Dench made this movie, it was with Billy Connolly and a Shetland pony.
This time, it’s with a limpid-eyed Indian.
Connolly and the pony worked better.
Taking place some years after “Mrs. Brown,” (Dench’s first foray as Queen Victoria), “Victoria & Abdul” cheekily claims to be “based on real events…mostly.”