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‘The Warrior Queen of Jhansi’ is a story of female empowerment” – Swati Bhise

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Sir Hugh Rose rightly once said, “Rani Jhansi Laxmi Bai is like an Indian Joan of Arc”. The incredible story of Rani of Jhansi is synonymous with feminine strength and courage.

Director Swati Bhise brings to light the story of one of the most inspiring icons of India in the film ‘The Warrior Queen of Jhansi”.

As Jodhi May puts it, “The Rani’s story is one that audiences today need to be told. We know so little about this history and it needs to be brought to light. It’s really important that it’s part of the public consciousness, that it’s not just a minor tract of history but it becomes part of the greater narrative of Indian cultural history and the British Empire, and that there are female characters at the centre of defining that history.”

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Ultimately, ‘The Warrior Queen of Jhansi’ is a story of female empowerment and a passionate tribute to an incredible and unique woman. “I’m not trying to make a mythical tale,” says Swati.

I wanted to tell the true story of a determined young woman who could have been of any colour or creed. I’ve tried to tell her story as a woman ahead of her time—who was also a mother, wife, queen, and friend—but who finally went down in the annals of history as a freedom fighter who believed in the unyielding feminine force.”

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