About the film
Runtime: 102 mins
Director: Swati Bhise
Actors: Rupert Everett, Derek Jacobi, Devika Bhise, Jodhi MayAn epic historical drama, The Warrior Queen of Jhansi tells the incredible true story of Lakshmibai, the historic Queen of Jhansi who fiercely led the fight against the British East India Company in the infamous Sepoy Mutiny of 1857.
As a young woman, Lakshmibai (Devika Bhise, who co-wrote the film with director Swati Bhise, her mother) married the Maharaja of Jhansi, Gangadhar Rao, and became the Rani (Queen). Facing increasingly oppressive British troops, Rani Lakshmibai defies British East India Company rule, allying with betrayed soldiers to form the Indian Rebellion.
Meanwhile, Queen Victoria (Jodhi May) and Prime Minister Lord Palmerston (Derek Jacobi) rely on East India Company's ranking officer, Sir Hugh Rose (Rupert Everett, The Happy Prince BFF18) to negotiate - or crush the rebellion.
The passion to free her province from colonial rule led Lakshmibai to become one of the greatest generals of the Indian army, going down in history for her bravery, strategic acumen and as a force to reckon with. A female-driven story, on and off-screen, The Warrior Queen of Jhansi is the story of a woman who lived, fought and died for the freedom of her people.
“Bringing emotion, drama, and truth to the forefront, this is a film for every mother, daughter, grandmother, sister, and friend - each a warrior every day of their lives.” - Behind the Lens
WINNER: Impact Award, Vancouver International Women in Film Festival 2019
Wed Nov 25