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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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119 min
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Did You Know?

This was banned by the Indian authorities due to its graphic scenes of sex and violence. It also incurred the wrath of its own subject, Phoolan Devi, who objected to the fact that she hadn't been invited to see the film. Devi claimed it was riddled with inaccuracies.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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References Mera Karam Mera Dharam (1987)See more »


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The Saint of Flowers Becomes The Queen Of Bandits, 22 February 2012
Author: Chrysanthepop from Fraggle Rock

'Bandit Queen' was one of Shekhar Kapur's final films before he ventured into Hollywood. Due to its subject matter and very graphic portrayal of rape and humiliation it was considered to be one of the most controversial Indian films and was even banned in the country. The film tells the story of Phoolan Devi in her earlier years (before she became a politician). Even though the film is said to be based on accounts written by Devi, the Bandit Queen herself was disappointed by the film and stated that it was riddled with inaccuracies.

Like most of Kapur's movies, the execution is first rate. The raw dry landscape is captured stunningly. It looks beautiful but at the same time very real. The art direction also brings out an authentic earthy quality of the village and its dwellers. The narrative structure and cinematography are solid and the pace is well.

The rape scenes are disturbing, especially the gang-rape and the scene that follows where humiliated Phoolan Devi is stripped off her clothing and exploited in the village by her assailants. The sequence provides shock value but not in a gratuitous way.

'Bandit Queen' has some remarkable performances. Nirmal Pandey, Saurabh Shukla and Manoj Bajpai are excellent. Govind Namdeo is chilling and hateful in one of his sleaziest roles to date. However, this is Seema Biswas's film. The actress performs all guns blazing in this career defining role. She wonderfully moulds feistiness, vulnerability, anguish, despair and strength in her character. It has me wondering why she hasn't received more of such meaty roles.

I can't comment on how much of it is based on what really happened but 'Bandit Queen' is an exceptionally well made film that tells a harrowing story of a crucial figure.

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