Based on the true story of an infamous female warrior, this drama tells the tale of Phoolan Devi, a social pariah in her Indian town who forms a group of Robin Hood-like criminals to “redistribute” landowners’ wealth to poor tenant farmers.
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This film should be known widely and not only by Indian audiences. It is not a depiction of the cruelty of a cast system or gender violence in India, but shows the limits to where violence can go to maintain status quo in any society, specially when who dares to upset that power relations are women, they need to be put back in their place by whatever means necessary. Just check domestic violence rates in Europe.
A really interesting, simply told biopic. Long live Phoolan Devi. I believe this film goes not anywhere close to the real suffering. But it is worthy of respect, for bringing the story to our screens, with directness and honesty. The cast is fantastic, little Phoolan (Sunita Bhatt) - what a superstar, the whole story is in her eyes.
I don't care what will others say. It is a must see film I think. A must see for everyone to start understanding Indian culture... not the pretty one. The real one, where your destination is created once you are born... in a low caste, being a girl. What will happen if you disagree?
Worth the watch if a somewhat unpleasant experience. I suspect that an ideological filter has been applied to the story to darken some of the traits, and the reactions of the characters and the lack of community reaction does not match my knowledge of Indian communities (but then this happens on the northern border, which I don't know much about). In the end, a dark story of people chasing violence with violence.
Same year production, worlds apart and on Mubi comment score situation is 12:369+. Phoolan Devi was my generation. At age 11 I was a well cared for boy. Watching the movie I despair that at same time somewhere in the world... Around New Year, word revolution I've heard on many occasions from the mouths worlds apart. At 12 here and 369+ for Kill Bill, I am not so optimistic we are working enough for that revolution.