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Bandit Queen (1995)



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This gripping Indian-British film relates the true story of Phoolan Devi, an Indian woman arrested in the state of Uttar Pradesh in January 1983 for kidnapping and murder. Dissatisfied with caste-restrictions and her dull marriage, Devi leaves her village and becomes a member of a bloody bandit gang.
Art House & International , Documentary , Drama
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Hallmark Entertainment


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
Sanjeev Kumar
as Poolan/Man Singh Gang
Agesh Markam
as Mad Woman
Anirudh Agarwal
as Babu Gujjar
Anil Sahu
as Vikram Gang Member
Chotelal Siraswal
as Vikram Gang Member
Nazim Patel
as Vikram Gang Member
Nazim Hussain
as Vikram Gang Member
Pawan Gupta
as Vikram Gang Member
Pradeep Gupta
as Vikram Gang Member
Vibanshu Vaibhav
as Vikram Gang Member
Vinod Tiwari
as Vikram Gang Member
Anupam Shyam
as Ganshyam
Ajai Rohilla
as Behmai Man
Surendra Kora
as Behmai Man
Aseem Bajaj
as Phoolan/Man Singh Gang Member
Basant Rawat
as Phoolan/Man Singh Gang Member
Ddhawal Gwaliori
as Phoolan/Man Singh Gang Member
Lakshmi Narayan
as Phoolan/Man Singh Gang Member
Puran Bhatt
as Phoolan/Man Singh Gang Member
Rakesh Raekwar
as Phoolan/Man Singh Gang Member
Sanjeev Kuwaar
as Phoolan/Man Singh Gang Member
Yogesh Gupta
as Phoolan/Man Singh Gang Member
Ashok Bulani
as D.S.P.
Ashok Sharma
as Ashokchand Servant
Deepak Chibber
as S.P. Bhind
Deepak Soni
as Miandad
Dilip Raghuvanshi
as Commander Yadav
Gajraj Rao
as Ashokchand
G.B. Dixit
as Ala Singer
Girish Solanki
as Tarika's Partner
as Munni
Gyan Shivpuri
as Phool Singh
as Tarika
Hemant Mishra
as Policeman
Hemnat Pandey
as Ashokchand's Friend
Kamla Bhatt
as Rukhmani (age 11)
K.D. Segan
as A.D.C.
Chandra Mahesh
as Chief Minister
Malabai Sonwani
as Mother-in-law
Mandakini Goswami
as Kailash's Wife
Pallavi Bharti
as Little Girl
Paritosh Sand
as Devendra Singh
Ranjit Chowdhry
as Shiv Narain
Raj Kumar Kamle
as Thakur Gang
Ravi Sangde
as Messenger
Sunil Gaekwad
as Rattan Chand
Sunita Bhatt
as Little Phoolan
Uma Vaish
as Rukhmani
Vijay Shukla
as Ashokchand's Friend
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Critic Reviews for Bandit Queen

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (11)

This is an eye-filling and often stirring movie.

Full Review… | March 18, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

An astonishing, overpowering piece of rabble-rousing, consciousness-raising, epic-scale filmmaking.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

An excellent examination of caste discrimination, human suffering, and the role of women in India's changing culture.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

An exciting movie that brings Devi's story to life with passion but without passing judgment.

January 1, 2000
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Devi is played by Seema Biswas as a fireball of unrelenting, white-hot fury -- a slap in the face to her country and its barbaric, outdated treatment of women.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Bandit Queen

One of the most devestating TRUE stories you'll ever see portrayed on the screen!! DO NOT watch this movie for entertainment... It will be an experience that will chew you up and spit you out. "Girl Power" is an understatement! [Note the 100% rating by all 25 critical reviews.]

Jon Knapp
Jon Knapp

Violent, disturbing and true. A hardcore docu-drama that doesn't pull any punches.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer


Based on fact, this is the story of a woman who was raped, beaten, and imprisoned just for being a woman. After she escaped imprisonment, she became the leader of a bandit outfit and terrorized the people who had been so cruel to her.

Aunti Krist
Aunti Krist

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