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The Warrior -- 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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15 July 2005 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Requires patience but is an interesting relocation of a western to a different world See more (43 total) »


  (in credits order)

Irrfan Khan ... Lafcadia - Warrior
Puru Chibber ... Katiba, Warrior's son
Aino Annuddin ... Biswas
Manoj Mishra ... Warrior
Nanhe Khan ... Warrior
Chander Singh ... Warrior
Hemant Maahaor ... Warrior
Mandakini Goswami ... Rabia
Sunita Sharma ... The girl
Shaukat Baig ... Clerk
Gori Shanker ... Tarang village headman
Prabhuram ... Blacksmith
Wagaram ... Blacksmith's son
Ajai Rohilla ... Quarrey foreman
Noor Mani ... Riaz - Thief
Sitaram Panchal ... Dhaba stall owner
Chander Prakash Vyas ... Dhaba stall man
Sanjal ... Dhaba stall man
Anupam Shyam ... Lord

Amit Kumar ... Market trader
Damayanti Marfatia ... Blind woman
Trilok Singh ... Cart driver
Pushpa Negi ... Restaurant owner
Karuna Sarah Davis ... Restaurant girl

Rakesh Mehra ... Rude customer
Anuradha Advanti ... Lord's wife
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ismail Bashey ... The Warrior (voice)
Madhu ... Singer

Directed by
Asif Kapadia 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Asif Kapadia  screenplay
Tim Miller  screenplay

Produced by
Eleanor Chaudhuri .... line producer: FSI
Elinor Day .... co-producer
Bertrand Faivre .... producer
Mark Hubbard .... line producer
Hanno Huth .... executive producer
Paul Webster .... executive producer
Original Music by
Dario Marianelli 
Cinematography by
Roman Osin 
Film Editing by
Ewa J. Lind  (as Ewa Lind)
Casting by
Tigmanshu Dhulia 
Production Design by
Adrian Smith 
Art Direction by
Henry Harris (supervising art director)
Set Decoration by
Agnes Goveas 
Costume Design by
Louise Stjernsward 
Makeup Department
Mariam Ajit Kumar .... assistant hair stylist
Lesley Lamont-Fisher .... makeup designer
Derek Lloyd .... hair stylist
Derek Lloyd .... makeup artist
Chhotu Sheikh .... assistant makeup artist (as Chottu Sheikh)
Production Management
Caroline Hewitt .... executive in charge of production: Film Four
Peta Inglesent .... executive in charge of production: British Screen
Trevor Ingman .... production supervisor
Miranda Jones .... post-production supervisor
Rakesh Mehra .... production manager
Rajen Rajkhowa .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Geoff Dibben .... assistant director
Kanchan Ghosh .... assistant director
Mohua Guha Thakurta .... assistant director
Guy Heeley .... first assistant director
Art Department
Roy Aguiar .... art director: India
Rammilan Chaubey .... stand-by props
Sunil Chhabra .... property master (as Sunil Chabbra)
Ashok Kolap .... carpenter
Manish Kolte .... props buyer
Babu Lal Mina .... dressing props (as Babulal Meena)
Mayur Mulam .... assistant construction supervisor
Shambu Nath .... stand-by props (as Shambhu Nath)
Kumar Rajendra .... stand-by props
Kadoba Shinde .... carpenter
Dhiran Singha .... storekeeper
Isolde Sommerfeldt .... stand-by art director
Bharat Surve .... stand-by carpenter
Rajender Sutar .... construction assistant
Aman Mohan Vidhate .... construction manager
Sameer Vidhate .... carpenter
Pradeep K. Vishwakarma .... carpenter (as Pradeep Vishwakarma)
Virenda Yudav .... carpenter
Sound Department
Tim Barker .... foley editor
Paul Carr .... dubbing mixer
Stan Fiferman .... foley artist
Prashant Jaiswal .... adr mixer
Johannes Konecny .... dialogue editor
Melissa Lake .... foley artist
Colin Ritchie .... adr editor
Jatin Sarma .... boom operator
Andy Shelley .... sound designer
Andy Shelley .... sound recordist
Andy Shelley .... supervising sound editor
Jayant Vajpayee .... adr recorder
Mark Kenna .... consultant: Dolby film sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Allan Amin .... special effects coordinator (as Ghani Amin)
Agnelo D'Souza .... special effects assistant
Ainouddin Sheikh .... special effects assistant (as Sheikh Annudin)
Harun Wagmare .... special effects assistant
Allan Amin .... stunt coordinator (as Ghani Amin)
Firoz Khan .... stuntman
Usman Shamshim .... stunt horse wrangler (as Usman Shmsh)
Ainouddin Sheikh .... stunts assistant (as Sheikh Annudin)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bharat Akatwa .... rigger
Sayyad Hasan Ali .... rigger (as Sayed Hasan Ali)
Shariff Ali .... grip assistant
Ali Asad .... additional photographer
Gorakh S. Avadhi .... generator cleaner (as Gorak S. Avhad)
Adam M. Balasaheb .... grips carpenter (as Adam Magdum Balasaheb)
Georges Diane .... camera operator
Sarah Eatock .... camera trainee
Antonin Gendre .... key grip
Deepti Gupta .... camera operator: second camera
Bajiraor Jadhav .... electrician
Tukaram Joshi .... electrician (as Turkuram Joshi)
Rajesh Khale .... clapper loader: second camera
Indraj Marwari .... grip assistant
G. Monic Kumar .... focus puller: "b" camera
Jogaram Okaji .... camera department runner
Kashinath Ratate .... electrician
Micky Reeves .... gaffer
Gyanchand Rikki .... grip assistant
Hitesh Sadhrani .... electrician (as Hitesh Sadrani)
Ramesh Sadrani .... best boy
Chandu Sanse .... electrician
Sirajjiva Suthar .... generator operator
Piramo Vyas .... director: second camera
Nathan Wiley .... clapper loader
Shauket Zaria .... electrician
Casting Department
Vanessa Baker .... adr voice casting
Brendan Donnison .... adr voice casting
Abdul Hafeez .... assistant crowd collector
Amita Sehgal .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Liaqat Ali .... tailor
Sabir Ali .... dressman
Daya Bhai .... cutter
Narendra mohan Mathur .... costume assistant
Rupa Sahay .... wardrobe assistant
Salim Shiekh .... dressman (as Salim Shaikh)
Editorial Department
Guy Ducker .... assistant editor
Deborah Kavanagh .... film conform trainee
Kate Mackenzie .... film conforming assistant
Music Department
Simon Allen .... musician: percussion
Andrew Boland .... music recordist
Catriona Brice .... orchestral management
Sarah Ioannides .... assistant to Mr Marianelli
Dario Marianelli .... conductor
Dario Marianelli .... orchestrator
Steve Price .... music mixer
Baluji Shivastav .... musician: dilruba
Nigel Zacharias .... music recordist
Transportation Department
Bageshwar Pandey .... generator driver
Other crew
Shammi Ahmed .... production assistant
Lalit Raj Arora .... production assistant
Gautam Banderi .... unit doctor: Rajasthan (as Dr. Gautam Banderi)
Mohini Banerji .... national permissions fixer (as Mohini Banerjee)
Maehul Tajh Behll .... production assistant
Claire Bennett .... production coordinator: India
Chand Bhat .... location manager
Shyam Bihari .... production assistant
Neil Calder .... completion guarantor: Film Finances Inc.
Alice Dawson .... production accountant
Pierre Du Plessis .... business affairs: British Screen (as Pierre du Plessis)
Soledad Gatti-Pascual .... production coordinator
Jacqueline Hurt .... production lawyer
Ajai Kapur .... production coordinator: India
Vandana Kapur .... production assistant
Amit Kumar .... associate director
Annie Mathews .... production coordinator: Himachal
Anthony Minghella .... presenter
G.D. Murthi .... accountant
Anup Poddar .... accountant
Pat Rambaut .... script supervisor
Aubin Sebastian .... production assistant
Anup Singh .... house keeper
Maxine Stanley .... post-production accountant
Amanda Street .... international sales: FilmFour
Justin Thomson-Glover .... business affairs: Film Four
Anuradha Advanti .... thanks
John Joe Bardsley .... thanks
Sebastien Beffa .... thanks (as Sébastian Beffa)
Noelle Deschamps .... thanks
Anne Gerles .... thanks
Fabienne Godet .... thanks
Janine Gold .... thanks
Tony Grisoni .... thanks
Nina Gupta .... thanks
Kaizad Gustad .... thanks
Iravati Harshe .... thanks (as Irawati Harche)
Victoria Harwood .... thanks
Alistair Hopkins .... thanks
Mary Jacob .... thanks
Priscilla John .... thanks
Katita .... thanks
Markam Ajit Kumar .... thanks
Sumit Kumar .... thanks
Victoria Lorkin-Lange .... thanks
Andrea O'Connor .... thanks
Simon Perry .... special thanks
Gyanchand Rikki .... thanks
Amanda Schiff .... thanks
Emma Shepherd .... thanks
Sue Bruce Smith .... thanks
Anil Tejani .... thanks
Anil Walia .... thanks
Sunil Walia .... thanks

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Rated R for some violence
France:86 min | Argentina:86 min
Aspect Ratio:
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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 »
Anachronisms: 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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10 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Requires patience but is an interesting relocation of a western to a different world, 18 January 2006
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Lafcadia is a warrior working for the local lord as an enforcer – destroying villages that don't pay their share to him and killing whomever he wants killed. It has become too much for him and the slaughter of an old man gives him pauses before he decides on the futility of the whole thing during an attack on a village of women and children. He returns home and prepares to travel to his home village in the Himalayas but his former lieutenant Biswas has been charged with bringing back his head for the lord. Unable to find Lafcadia, Biswas kills his son. Devastated Lafcadia continues his journey, with Biswas not yet finished his quest.

Although rejected by the Academy when put up for the "best foreign language film" category on the grounds that Hindi was not a language of the UK and therefore the UK could not put forward this film (huh?), this film could have easily been rejected on the grounds that The Warrior takes so much of itself from American westerns that it couldn't be considered foreign. I'm being stupid of course, but in essence what we have here is a silent story of a man wandering across the wilderness, meeting people on his way to what will be in some way a confrontation, or showdown if you will. It doesn't really compare to the stronger westerns that have tackled this same theme but it is still interesting. Silently moving forward against impressive backgrounds, there does appear to be the allusion to epic stature in the cinematography and also the pain of the characters. The depth is not really there to support this but it does do well enough to carry the story to the end.

Part of the reason for this is a solid and haunted performance from Khan in the lead. He has little dialogue for large sections of the film but he convinces and engages from start to finish. The support is mostly good (apart from the Lord being played as some sort of Bond villain) but it is Khan's film and he does well. Kapadia's direction is excellent and his use of music and slow camera movements add to the intimacy and patience inherent in the story being told. The cinematography makes good use of the locations but never becomes the whole show.

Overall this is an interesting film that plays well by taking the form of a western and placing it within the Indian feudal system. It is not action packed and requires a certain amount of patience to get into it but, without a lot of dialogue, the cast do well to produce characters that were interesting and that I cared about – particularly Khan in the lead. A worthy winner of "best British film" at the Baftas and worth seeing.

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