Devika Bhise in Full US Trailer for 'The Warrior Queen of Jhansi' Film
"Is that young queen still refusing to submit to company rule?" Roadside Attractions has just unveiled an official US trailer for an Indian historical action drama titled The Warrior Queen of Jhansi, also known as Swords and Sceptres: The Rani of Jhansi while in development. A tale of women's empowerment, The Warrior Queen of Jhansi tells the true story of Lakshmibai, the historic Queen of Jhansi who fiercely led her army against the British East India Company in the infamous mutiny of 1857. She is played by Devika Bhise in this film, and seems to be a bonafide warrior of both past & present. The full cast includes Jodhi May, Rupert Everett, Derek Jacobi, Nathaniel Parker, Ben Lamb, Omar Malik, R. Bhakti Klein, Arif Zakaria, and Yatin Karyekar. This looks especially cheesy, and if it weren't a true story, I'd say this is worth skipping. But it does look like an inspiring story. "We will fight for what is ours, and we will win."
Here's the official US trailer (+ poster) for Swati Bhise's The Warrior Queen of Jhansi, from YouTube:
The Warrior Queen of Jhansi tells the true historical story of the Rani (translation: Queen) of Jhansi, a feminist icon in India and a fearless, freedom fighter – a real-life Wonder Woman who 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 notorious British East India Company and the beginning of the British Raj under Queen Victoria. The Warrior Queen of Jhansi is directed by Indian filmmaker Swati Bhise, making her feature directorial debut after over 30 years working as an ambassador of Indian culture in New York. The screenplay is written by Devika Bhise, Swati Bhise, and Olivia Emden. This premiered at the Vancouver Women In Film Festival earlier this year, but hasn't shown anywhere else yet. Roadside will release Bhise's The Warrior Queen of Jhansi in select US theaters starting November 15th in the fall. Anyone interested?
Another very puritanical warrior ...
shiboleth on Sep 16, 2019
You expected them to fight naked shiboleth? ;D
tarek on Sep 18, 2019
Now that you mentioned, tarek, it's not so bad idea... But unfortunately, no, that's not what I thought. Whether females or males involved, this story is another same old story about the fight for freedom where we only have to believe there are clean and noble motives behind it and it's, of course, on the 'right' side. Over and over again, huh? No, thank you ...
shiboleth on Sep 18, 2019
I could care less whether there were "clean & noble motives" behind it - the fact is, a culture with a long history didn't want to bow down to the White Imperial rule that sought to destroy their culture. So they fought back. And frankly, I'm glad to hear of some of the historical women that made history. There's so many, yet their voices have been kept silent because men won the wars, had the money, and held the power.
VAharleywitch on Sep 20, 2019
Still, that sounds noble. They should make a film about it ...
shiboleth on Sep 20, 2019
I didn't think it looked 'cheesy' at all. The photography was pretty good as was the production design. Oh well, one's man floor is another man's ceiling. It's not something I'll run out to see, but I sure didn't think it looked cheesy.
thespiritbo on Sep 16, 2019
I don't know for the cheesy part, as i am not into bollywood movies, but the cinematography and production design is quite amazing.
tarek on Sep 18, 2019
That's what I was talking about. I'm not into Bollywood movies either as I find them...well...cheesy...lol...perhaps that's what Alex was referring to. Although I didn't find this trailer to be of that Bollywood cheesy sort of thing. Cheers!
thespiritbo on Sep 18, 2019
A rebellion started at least in part because of the animal fat used to grease the cartridges for the Lee Enfield rifle. Odd to Westerners, but then we fought The War of Jenkins' Ear.
Sharkman1963 on Sep 16, 2019
Good warriors make poor politicians.
DAVIDPD on Sep 17, 2019
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