Bandit Queen is a 1994 Indian Hindi-language biographical action-adventure film based on the life of Phoolan Devi as covered in the book India's Bandit Queen: The True Story of Phoolan Devi by the Indian author Mala Sen. It was written, produced, and directed by Shekhar Kapur and starred Seema Biswas as the title character. The music was composed by Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. The film won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi, Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie and Best Direction for that year. The film was premiered in the Directors' Fortnight section of the 1994 Cannes Film Festival, and was screened at the Edinburgh Film Festival. The film was selected as the Indian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 67th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.
The film opens in the summer of 1968 at a small village in Uttar Pradesh. Phoolan is married to a twenty-something year old man called Puttilal (Aditya Shrivastava). Though child marriages were customary during that time, Phoolan's mother Moola (Savitri Raekwar) objects to the timing of the match. Phoolan's aging father Devideen (Ram Charan Nirmalker) conforming to his culture, regrettably disagrees, and Phoolan is sent off with Puttilal.
|director||Shekhar Kapur Harami|
|genre||action adventure crime drama|
|keywords||abduct anirudh agarwal arrest beat caste system child marriage dacoity disturb end fondle force gang leader gang member govind namdeo grope hide out law enforcement make up mallaah mallah manoj bajpai married meet old friend old man panchayat rajesh vivek rajput saurabh shukla small village thakur the national town meeting traumatize uttar pradesh wedding party|
|musicBy||Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan|
|productionCompany||Film4 Productions Kaleidoscope Entertainment|
|publisher||Koch Vision, USA 2004|
|theme||biographical drama feminist rape rape and revenge|