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The Warrior (2001)

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In feudal India, a warrior (Khan) who renounces his role as the longitme enforcer to a local lord becomes the prey in a murderous hunt through the Himalayan mountains.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lafcadia - Warrior
Puru Chibber ...
Katiba, Warrior's son
Aino Annuddin ...
Manoj Mishra ...
Nanhe Khan ...
Chander Singh ...
Hemanth Mahaur ...
Warrior (as Hemant Maahaor)
Mandakini Goswami ...
Sunita Sharma ...
The girl
Shaukat Baig ...
Gori Shanker ...
Tarang village headman
Prabhuram ...
Wagaram ...
Blacksmith's son
Ajai Rohilla ...
Quarrey foreman
Noor Mani ...
Riaz - Thief


Circa feudal India in the State of Rajasthan is a desert region that is ruled over by a cruel and sadistic Lord, who, with the help of a handful of equally cruel and fierce warriors, led by Lafcadia, weigh a reign of terror upon those who do not submit or dare to oppose him. Long-haired Lafcadia is widowed but has a son, Katiba. Once when Katiba was by himself, he befriends a young girl, who ties a Raakhee on his hand and makes him her brother, and in return he gives her his amulet. When the Lord asks Lafcadia to subdue the villagers of Tarang, they carry out his orders. After the raid while Lafcadia stands by, his warriors rape and loot the villagers, it is then that Lafcadia is surprised by the very same young girl, and it is Katiba's amulet that saves her from being killed. This incident has a deep impact on Lafcadia and he decides to give up his job & sword and seek peace in his village in Kullu in the Himalayas. When the Lord finds out, he asks the rest of the warriors to hunt ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Adventure | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 July 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El guerrero  »

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Box Office


£2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,130, 17 July 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$48,160, 7 August 2005
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Hindi-language film "The Warrior" was chosen by the British Academy of Film and Television to represent the UK in the "Best Foreign Language Film" category at the 2003 Oscars. The AMPAA took the highly unusual step of rejecting the movie because although the film had a British-born director (of Indian ancestry) and was co-produced by three British companies, the film did not qualify as British since "Hindi was not a language indigenous to the U.K." The British Academy was forced to submit its second choice, the Welsh-language, "Eldra". In an ironic twist, "The Warrior" went on to win "Best British Film" at the British Academy Awards the following year, although it lost "Best Non-English Film" to a film from Spain. See more »


Although the film takes place in medieval India, smoking, unknown in the Old World before contact with the Americas and rare or absent across India before the British period (beginning circa 1600), is widespread. Further, cigarettes constitute most or all of the smoking shown in the film but were invented late in the 19th century. Prior to that, tobacco was smoked almost exclusively in pipes (cigars in the Caribbean).

Similarly, a basket of maize ears is overturned in one scene. Maize was developed by Meso-American peoples and not common in India until well after the beginning of the British period. See more »

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breathtakingly beautiful
8 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

I just finished watching this film and I wanted to find out what the D.O.P. had done before...then I read some of the comments... I cannot believe people call this film long or boring...what were you watching? This films simplicity is one of the reasons that it is so beautiful and powerful. I found this film completely engaging. The fact that the warrior was more of a 'goon' and not 'an honourable warrior' - whatever that is...is the point, surely. There was no honour in what he was doing...he realized that he was merely a hired killer, and for the sake of his son, he had to break the cycle, and to call this film, with all the love and care and hard work that has obviously gone into it, "dishonest" is just............. The locations and photography were breathtaking, the music, the acting ... it was all wonderful.

Watch this to see how films could be...

I cannot recommend it enough.

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