Bandit Queen (1994)
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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
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The numerous, unflinchingly filmed scenes of public and gang rape make this a visceral, if gruelling, experience, especially when juxtaposed with sprawling, beautifully photographed vistas of the Indian deserts and mountain ranges.
An astonishing, overpowering piece of rabble-rousing, consciousness-raising, epic-scale filmmaking.
Seema Biswas is convincing in the role: small, fierce, dark-eyed and indomitable.
At the center of the movie are two fine actresses who make Phoolan's unsettled character seem inevitable.
This film's a relentless right hook.
A controversial film due to its provocative portrait of the legendary Indian female warrior; even its subject later repudiated it.
In comparison with most of the Indian cinema that breaks through to the Western mainstream, Bandit Queen stands out for its political attitude and willingness to take on Hollywood sensibilities in its storytelling.
Seema Biswas' lock on our fascination and sympathies is unreleasable, making for a most powerful film from India.
Although the "Bandit Queen" is a film loaded with violence and hatred, it is also an affirmation of the durability of the human spirit.
Seema Biswas, who plays the protagonist, conveys a remarkable range of suffering - bleeding, at its extremes, into a kind of pure, white-hot hate that makes the anger of Thelma and Louise look like playground stuff.
It is representative of a thousand other real-life stories -- albeit not as spectacular as the Devi saga -- which have emerged in the news from India in the past decade.
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