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Bandit Queen

1994, Drama/Crime, 2h 1m

24 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

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Brimming with bravura spectacle and an arresting turn by Seema Biswas, The Bandit Queen is a galvanizing ode to rebellion. Read critic reviews

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This lauded Indian drama focuses on the life of Phoolan Devi (Seema Biswas), a revered criminal who eventually went on to become a politician. The film details the hardships that Phoolan faced in her youth as a female member of a lower caste. Subject to sexual abuse at the hands of numerous men, Phoolan isn't treated with respect until she falls in with a gang led by Vikram Mallah (Nirmal Pandey). Later, Phoolan forms her own gang and gains a remarkable level of notoriety across India.

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  • Jan 10, 2009
    Violent, disturbing and true. A hardcore docu-drama that doesn't pull any punches.
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  • May 19, 2006
    I could count the amount of Indian films I've seen on one hand, but I can't believe this is one of the best (as quite a few critics have stated). As a biopic it fails and frankly the gender (& class) politics are rather iffy. It really wants to be a straightforward exploitation rape/revenge romp but the arthouse pretensions tie it down. Seema Biswas delivers a solid performance and the film's not a complete loss, but it's certainly far from what it's made out to be.
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