The Warrior Queen of Jhansi
|The Warrior Queen of Jhansi|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Swati Bhise|
|Produced by||Swati Bhise|
|Written by||Swati Bhise|
|Music by||Tuomas Kantelinen|
|Edited by||Oral Norrie Ottay|
|Distributed by||PVR Pictures|
Roadside Attractions (United States)
The Warrior Queen of Jhansi is a 2019 British period drama film on the 1857 Indian Rebellion against the British East India Company. The film was co-written, produced and directed by Swati Bhise, with Charles Salmon as co-producer. The film was originally titled Swords and Sceptres: The Rani of Jhansi. Devika Bhise, who also co-wrote the script, plays the lead role of Rani Lakshmibai. In November 2017, Rupert Everett and Derek Jacobi joined the cast. Principal photography was completed in December 2017.
The film is a historical story of the Rani of Jhansi, a feminist icon in India and a fearless freedom fighter. She earned a reputation as the Joan of Arc of the East when in 1857 India, as a 24-year old general, she led her people into battle against the British Empire. Her insurrection shifted the balance of power in the region and set in motion the demise of the British East India Company and the beginning of the resistance against the ensuing British Raj under Queen Victoria.
- Devika Bhise as Rani Lakshmi Bai
- Rupert Everett as Sir Hugh Rose
- Ben Lamb as Major Robert Ellis
- Derek Jacobi as Lord Palmerston
- Jodhi May as Queen Victoria
- Nathaniel Parker as Sir Robert Hamilton
- Glenn Webster as Lord
- Terry Bamber as British Medical Officer
- Milind Gunaji as Gangadhar Rao
- Yatin Karyekar as Moropant
- Arif Zakaria as Gaus Khan
- Auroshikha Dey as Jhalkari Bai
- Mangap Sanap as Sundar
- Siyaa Patil as Mandar
- R. Bhakti Klein as Walrus Moustache
- Nagesh Bhonsle as Bakshish Ali
- Ajinkya Deo as Tatya Tope
In June 2019, Roadside Attractions acquired the US distribution rights and slated the film for a Fall 2019 release. The official trailer of the film was launched by RoadsideFlix on 17 September 2019.
The film was released in Canada 15 November 2019. Film reviewers noted anachronisms in the scenario, for example Queen Victoria's having in 1858 an Indian personal servant, a reference to The Munshi who was born in 1863 and entered her service in 1887. He was also from Jhansi.
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