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Release Date:
30 June 1995 (USA) See more »
She was the most feared outlaw in India. If the story wasn't true you wouldn't believe it... See more »
The movie tells the story of the bandit queen Phoolan Devi who was sent to prison in 1983 and got free in 1994... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Seema Biswas ... Phoolan Devi
Nirmal Pandey ... Vikram Mallah (as Nirmal Panday)
Rajesh Vivek ... Mustaquim
Raghuvir Yadav ... Madho
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anirudh Agarwal ... Babu Gujjar

Aseem Bajaj ... Poolan / Man Singh Gang

Manoj Bajpayee ... Man Singh (as Manoj Bajpai)
Pallavi Bharti ... Little Girl
Kamia Bhatt ... Rukhmani, Age 11

Puran Bhatt ... Poolan / Man Singh Gang
Sunita Bhatt ... Little Phoolan
Ashok Bulani ... D.S.P
Mahesh Chandra ... Chief Minister
Deepak Chibber ... S.P. Bhind
Ranjit Chowdhry ... Shiv Narain (as Ranjit Chaudhry)
G.B. Dixit ... Ala Singer
Sunil Gaekwad ... Rattan Chand
Mandakini Goswami ... Kailash's Wife
Guddi ... Munni
Pawan Gupta ... Vikram Gang Member
Pradeep Gupta ... Vikram Gang Member
Yogesh Gupta ... Poolan / Man Singh Gang
Dhawal Gwaliori ... Poolan / Man Singh Gang
Harish ... Tarika
Nazim Hussain ... Vikram Gang Member
Raj Kumar Kamie ... Thakur Gang
Surendra Kora ... Behmai Man
Sanjeev Kumar ... Poolan / Man Singh Gang
Lakshmi ... Poolan / Man Singh Gang (as Lakshmi Narayan)
Khunni Lal Maina ... Pundit
Agesh Markam ... Mad Woman
Hemant Mishra ... Policeman
Govind Namdeo ... SriRam
Avinash Nemade ... Doctor
Ram Charan Nirmalker ... Devideen
Sitaram Panchal ... Lalaram
Hemant Pandey ... Ashokchand's Friend
Nazim Patel ... Vikram Gang Member
Rakesh Raekwar ... Poolan / Man Singh Gang
Savitri Raekwar ... Moola
Dilip Raghuvanshi ... Commander Yadav

Gajraj Rao ... Ashokchand
Basant Rawat ... Poolan / Man Singh Gang
Ajai Rohilla ... Behmai Man
Anil Sahu ... Vikram Gang Member
Paritosh Sand ... Devendra Singh
Ravi Sangde ... Messenger
K.D. Segan ... A.D.C
Ashok Sharma ... Ashokchand Servant
Jeetendra Shastri ... Bharat
Gyan Shivpuri ... Phool Singh

Saurabh Shukla ... Kailash
Vijay Shukla ... Ashokchand's Friend
Anupam Shyam ... Ganshyam
Chotelal Siraswal ... Vikram Gang Member
Girish Solanki ... Tarika's Partner
Deepak Soni ... Miandad
Malabai Sonwani ... Mother-in-law
Aditya Srivastava ... Puttilal
Vinod Tiwari ... Vikram Gang Member
Vibanshu Vaibhav ... Vikram Gang Member
Uma Yaish ... Rukhmani

Directed by
Shekhar Kapur 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ranjit Kapoor  dialogue
Mala Sen  book "India's Bandit Queen"
Mala Sen  screenplay

Produced by
Bobby Bedi .... producer (as Sundeep Singh Bedi)
Varsha Bedi .... associate producer
Original Music by
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan 
Roger White 
Cinematography by
Ashok Mehta 
Film Editing by
Renu Saluja 
Casting by
Tigmanshu Dhulia 
Production Design by
Eve Mavrakis 
Art Direction by
Ashok Bhagat 
Costume Design by
Dolly Ahluwalia 
Makeup Department
Edwin Williams .... makeup artist
Production Management
Stephen Barker .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mike Higgins .... first assistant director
Alok Kapur .... third assistant director
Rajiv Maikhuri .... second assistant director
Sound Department
Richard King .... sound re-recording mixer
Dileep Subramanian .... boom operator
Robert Taylor .... production sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Aseem Bajaj .... assistant camera
Mulchand Dedhia .... gaffer
Vinod Narayanan .... focus puller
Giles Nuttgens .... additional photographer
Music Department
M. Arshad .... musical director
Other crew
Mike Higgins .... associate director
Pauline Hume .... title designer
Kannan Iyer .... assistant to director

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Additional Details

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119 min
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Did You Know?

Director Cameo: [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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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Phoolan Devi, Bandit Queen, 16 April 2010
Author: Benedict_Cumberbatch from Los Angeles, CA

"Bandit Queen" is a controversial and groundbreaking Indian film (co-produced by Great Britain's "Channel Four") telling the real-life story of Phoolan Devi (Seema Biswas, excellent), a low-caste woman given to a husband at age 11 who runs away from him, is constantly violated by upper-caste males, until pairing with a handsome outlaw, Vikram Mallah (Nirmal Pandey), who shows her some respect and invites her to join his gang. Devi became a mythical national figure in her own lifetime (she had just been released from an 11-year prison term when the movie came out, and was murdered in 2001), hailed as "The Bandit Queen" or "Queen of the Ravines". Although at first Devi took legal action to ban the movie's exhibition in India (and it was actually banned for some time - after all, this is no Bollywood fantasy), she eventually changed her mind (plus, Channel Four paid her $60,000...).

A lot has been said about the accuracy of everything portrayed on screen ("My life was much harder", Devi would have said after the first time she saw the movie). Just like he would do in 1998's successful "Elizabeth", Shekhar Kapur knows how to turn a larger than life, actual trajectory in a huge spectacle - but still keeping the essence of its core. Truth be told, this is one of those extraordinary sagas that if even half of what's portrayed on screen is real, it's already quite a journey. Kapur might have been a high-caste, city-bred man trying to portray the life of a brave and rebellious low-caste woman fighting for her survival - in a way that no other woman in her time had done, but that doesn't mean he doesn't know or doesn't have the right to try to depict this reality he doesn't directly belong to. How honest Kapur's original intentions were we can't know for sure, but that doesn't undermine his accomplishment here; this is a story that had to be told to a larger international audience. If a movie manages to work both as an adventurous spectacle and a tale of resurgence after national injustice and misfortunes, then it deserves to be seen. 8.5/10.

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