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A new biopic on Phoolan Devi in the works


Seema Biswas in an image from Bandit Queen (1994)
Seema Biswas in an image from Bandit Queen (1994)

According to reports, a new biopic on the life of Phoolan Devi, also known as the bandit queen, is in the pipeline. Buzz has it that producer Shareen Mantri Kedia has acquired the rights to make a biopic on her life.

The producer has acquired the rights with the permission of Phoolan Devi’s family members and Trust. We also hear that the makers are looking at making a film as well as a web-series on the life of the bandit.

“Shareen has taken over the rights, which has been confirmed and ratified by Phoolan Devi’s husband Umed Singh, brother Shiv Narain, and the Phoolan Devi Charitable Trust. The project is being registered as web as well as a film,” a source informs.

Interestingly, it is not for the first time when the eventful life of Phoolan Devi has attracted filmmakers. In 1994, well-known filmmaker Shekhar Kapur made a biopic on her life, titled Bandit Queen, where Seema Biswas played the titular role.

The film won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi and has attained cult status over the years.