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The movie tells the story of the bandit queen Phoolan Devi who was sent to prison in 1983 and got free in 1994. During five years she was prosecuted by the Indian police and turned into a ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Nirmal Pandey ...
Vikram Mallah (as Nirmal Panday)
Rajesh Vivek ...
Raghuvir Yadav ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anirudh Agarwal ...
Babu Gujjar
Poolan / Man Singh Gang
Man Singh (as Manoj Bajpai)
Pallavi Bharti ...
Little Girl
Kamia Bhatt ...
Rukhmani, Age 11
Poolan / Man Singh Gang
Sunita Bhatt ...
Ashok Bulani ...
Mahesh Chandra ...
Chief Minister
Deepak Chibber ...
S.P. Bhind
Ranjit Chowdhry ...
Shiv Narain (as Ranjit Chaudhry)


The movie tells the story of the bandit queen Phoolan Devi who was sent to prison in 1983 and got free in 1994. During five years she was prosecuted by the Indian police and turned into a legend (like a modern Robin Hood) by the Indian press. Although the press tended to make her the optimal hero with blue eyes, dark hair, being tall and beautiful she was in reality an average Indian which makes it hard for the movie to fulfill the expectations of the audience and tell the truth at the same time. Later in her life,She entered into the politics and was assassinated in 2001. Written by Volker Boehm

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She was the most feared outlaw in India. If the story wasn't true you wouldn't believe it... See more »


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Release Date:

30 June 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Rainha dos Bandidos  »

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$399,748 (USA)

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Shekhar Kapur:  truck driver with beard whom Phoolan Devi (Seema Biswas) hits with the gun handle. See more »


Puttilal: [Tied to a pole and beaten with rifle-butt] Forgive me.
Phoolan Devi: Forgive you?
Phoolan Devi: Write this to the police.
Vikram Mallah: What?
Phoolan Devi: Any man that marries a little girl... I'll kill him.
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Referenced in Hera Pheri (2000) See more »

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Does anyone realise how controversial this film was?

It may interest people to know that this film was made without any recourse to Phoolan Devi herself and, when she did finally see parts of it, was so enraged that she announced that the film was not to be shown in India or she would cover herself in petrol and set fire to herself. I do not know whether it was shown at all or not, but given her standing at the time as a rising politician, I doubt it. Since then, I saw a report that she has been ousted from office and charged with further crimes from her Dacoit days, and has gone into hiding as a result.

Her own concerns aside, this is an excellent film, made all the more so by its refreshingly brutal approach; none of the rose-tinted melodrama one might expect from a typical indian film. It should be stressed that concerns about how feminist the film's messages really are and the like are essentially irrelevant: it's a true story. Her misgivings are, it seems, not with what is depicted but with the way in which the film depicts her.

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