Bandit Queen
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Bandit Queen, based on the true story of legendary female warrior Phoolan Devi, is a confrontational epic that paints a far different picture of India from other arthouse productions. Devi (Seema Biswas) is married at age 11, abandoned by her husband when she resists his advances, and turned into a social outcast who, at one point, is gang-raped by the upper-caste men of one village. She later gets her revenge by organizing a massacre that leaves 20 villagers dead. Devi ultimately leads a band of latter-day Robin Hoods on bold raids against landowners in Central India during the late '70s… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is an eye-filling and often stirring movie."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Seema Biswas is convincing in the role: small, fierce, dark-eyed and indomitable."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A controversial film due to its provocative portrait of the legendary Indian female warrior; even its subject later repudiated it."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Russell Brand is, for once, well cast in the role of vague, vain singer Aldous, who's also the object of obsession for a waiter and aspiring musician in the Hawaiian resort."
‑ Anna Smith,
"Seema Biswas, who plays the protagonist, conveys a remarkable range of suffering - bleeding, at its extremes, into a kind of pure, white-hot hate that makes the anger of Thelma and Louise look like playground stuff."
‑ Scott Rosenberg, San Francisco Examiner
"The numerous, unflinchingly filmed scenes of public and gang rape make this a visceral, if gruelling, experience, especially when juxtaposed with sprawling, beautifully photographed vistas of the Indian deserts and mountain ranges."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"At the center of the movie are two fine actresses who make Phoolan's unsettled character seem inevitable."
‑ John Hartl,
"Lavishly directed as an historical biopic by Shekhar Kapur."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Seema Biswas' lock on our fascination and sympathies is unreleasable, making for a most powerful film from India."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"A towering achievement."
‑ Wade Major, Boxoffice Magazine
"An astonishing, overpowering piece of rabble-rousing, consciousness-raising, epic-scale filmmaking."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"This film's a relentless right hook."
‑ Tonia Steed,
"In comparison with most of the Indian cinema that breaks through to the Western mainstream, Bandit Queen stands out for its political attitude and willingness to take on Hollywood sensibilities in its storytelling."
‑ Jim Hall, Film4
"Although the "Bandit Queen" is a film loaded with violence and hatred, it is also an affirmation of the durability of the human spirit."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"It is representative of a thousand other real-life stories -- albeit not as spectacular as the Devi saga -- which have emerged in the news from India in the past decade."
‑ Bruce Kirkland, Jam! Movies
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