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Bandit Queen, based on the true story of legendary female warrior Phoolan Devi, is a confrontational epic that paints a far different picture of India from other arthouse productions. Devi (Seema Biswas) is married at age 11, abandoned by her husband when she resists his advances, and turned into a social outcast who, at one point, is gang-raped by the upper-caste men of one village. She later gets her revenge by organizing a massacre that leaves 20 villagers dead. Devi ultimately leads a band of latter-day Robin Hoods on bold raids against landowners in Central India during the late '70s and early '80s, often taking their spoils and redistributing them to poor tenant farmers. By the time she is arrested in 1983, Devi has become a folk hero, especially to the women who live in rural India's brutally patriarchal society. A full-fledged commercial production, handsomely produced and directed by talented Indian filmmaker Shekhar Kapur (who emerged from the country's vaunted "Bollywood" system), Bandit Queen painfully exposes a controversial aspect of Indian culture, while providing a triumphant portrait of female empowerment. ~ Don Kaye, Rovi

  • Release date:June 30, 1995


Seema Biswas
as Phoolan Devi
Nirmal Pandey
as Vikram Mallah
Manoj Bajpai
as Man Singh
Rajesh Vivek
as Mustaquim
Govind Namdeo
as SriRam
Saurabh Shukla
as Kailash
Raghubir Yadav
as Madho
Sanjeev Kumar
as Poolan/Man Singh Gang


Shekhar Kapur
Mala Sen
Giles Nuttgens
Ashok Mehta
Renu Saluja
Eve Mavrakis
Production Designer
Ashok Bhagat
Art Director
Varsha Bedi
Associate Producer
Dolly Ahluwalia Tewari
Costume Designer
Edwin Williams