CINEMA: OUTLAWED!

INDIAN CENSORS CONSIGN A SEARING BIOPIC TO THE SHELF

Rape victim. Marauder. Murderer. Superstar! Phoolan Devi, an outcast Hindu woman, became a folk hero as head of a band of outlaws preying on India's corrupt alite. Part Joan of Arc, part Ma Barker, on Feb. 14, 1981, she staged her own St. Valentine's Day massacre, leading the slaughter of 22 villagers she suspected of aiding her enemies. Yet her surrender, in 1983, was on her own terms, to the cheers of 10,000 supporters. On her release from prison last year, three political parties asked her to run for office.

Bandit Queen, written by Mala Sen and directed by Shekhar Kapur,...

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