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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
Sanjay Khanna .... assistant director
Rajiv Maikhuri .... second assistant director
Sound Department
Richard King .... 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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119 min
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Manoj Bajpai wanted to play Nirmal Pandey's role. When Shekhar Kapur came to the theatre to look at some actors for the film, Manoj knew he would sign Nirmal.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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20 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Tough viewing, 24 October 2001
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Phoolan Devi (played by Seema Biswas) is sold into marriage at 11 and is repeatedly abused from then onwards because she is a woman. She is partially liberated by Vikram Mallah (Nirmal Pandey), one of the bandits she is taken in by and eventually rises to lead the group, extracting vicious revenge on upper-cast men in repayment for what they had done to her.

The film is a fascinating account of the life of Phoolan Devi who was assassinated in September 2001. The film follows from rise (if you can call it that) from abused child to Bandit Queen. Scenes of abuse are tactfully portrayed with the focus on Phoolan's face rather than the act itself. This focus allows the viewer to see the pain that is inflicted by the abuse. This is still very hard to sit and watch be it the abuse by her husband at 11 or the gang rape of adulthood. It's sad that worldwide women are treated as second-class citizens, often subject to this type of terrible abuse as a matter of daily life - even sadder that many religions are interpreted to allow it.

Where the film is weak is the depiction of the two sets of violence - violence against Phoolan is shown as horrible and unforgivable as it should be, however her acts of retaliation are filmed with a more artistic camera and you get the feeling that we are meant to take it that these acts of violence are less horrible because they are revenge attacks. Many of those killed by Phoolan's gang had not done anything to her and were "innocent". The film should have a more even tone across all these actions.

The performances are roundly excellent. All characters no matter how repugnant or noble are played as totally believable - for many you see both sides of their characters. Seema Biswas is excellent as Phoolan Devi, she convinces throughout the film. The subject matter must have been very difficult to act through but she is without a flaw in the lead - the only problem being the slightly sympathetic edge towards her acts of revenge that the film gives.

The film is horrible viewing and yet inspiring that one woman could survive through such events in such a society. Phoolan lived with things that the vast majority of us will ever imagine, she rose up against amazing odds to marry above her caste and be elected to the Indian Parliament. Worth watching to help you be aware of the rest of the world and to ensure that you keep yourself kind towards others in all situations.

Long live Phoolan Devi. May she find more peace in death than she did in life.

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