Calgary’s Hidden Gems Film Festival kicks off its 2020 season of the best of Indian films with the 1994 classic Bandit Queen.
The film is based on the prison diaries of Phoolan Devi and a book based on them about one of India’s most famous anti-heroes.
In the early 1980s, Devi led a notorious band of bandits whose exploits made headlines throughout the country, especially in northern India where she was based. Devi became as famous as any movie star and markets sold action figurines and dolls inspired by her exploits. She was murdered in 2001 by former rival bandits.
The film directed by Shekhar Kapur turned this British Indian director into an internationally acclaimed filmmaker, but it was also his most controversial movie.