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Launch of The Warrior Queen of Jhansi trailer

Releasing in USA and Canada on November 15th 2019

The first trailer of historical epic, The Warrior Queen of Jhansi, was unveiled on Tuesday. Directed by Swati Bhise, the films stars Devika Bhise in the titular role, with Rupert Everett, Nathaniel Parker, Ben Lamb, Jodhi May, and Derek Jacobi. Released by Roadside Attractions, the script was penned by Swati, Devika, and Olivia Emden.

The film is a retelling of the historical epic of Queen Laxmibai of Jhansi, touted as a 'feminist icon of India'.

The Warrior Queen of Jhansi is based on the true story of the legendary Rani (Queen) of Jhansi, a fearless freedom fighter. In 1857 India, this 24-year old General led her people into battle against the British Empire 'earning the reputation as the Joan of Arc of the East'.


The trailer features a determined Laxmibai who refuses to bow down to the demands of British empire, and is resolute to fight and save her kingdom. When her vizier tries to remind her about the vast British army strength, she resolves to train her women for the battle. When the strategy is frowned upon, she retorts, "I will train them to fight better than men." Towards the end, the trailer shifts to the revolutionary battle, with the Queen encouraging her battalion, "We will fight for what is ours, and we will win."

According to the official synopsis, "This real-life Wonder Woman’s 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 slated to release in USA and Canada on November 15, India on November 29th and UK on December 6th 2019.



The historical epic The Warrior Queen of Jhansi has partnered with Roadside Attractions for their U.S. distribution.

Roadside Co-Presidents Howard Cohen and Eric d’Arbeloff in a joint statement said, “The Warrior Queen of Jhansi is an inspirational and powerful true story of a great leader who so clearly demands big screen treatment. With her first film, Swati Bhise has created a beautiful epic about an amazing 19th century woman who controlled her own destiny and changed the world, by rallying her people and leading an army against British Imperialism.  We're proud to work with Swati in bringing her relevant and fascinating film to U.S. audiences this fall.”

Roadside Attractions has released critical and commercial hits such as Manchester By The Sea, Ben Is Back, Beatriz At Dinner, Whitney, Stronger, Love & Friendship, Hello My Name Is Doris, Mr. Holmes, Love & Mercy, A Most Wanted Man, Dear White People, The Skeleton Twins, All Is Lost, Mud, Winter’s Bone, The Cove, Arbitrage, Margin Call and Super-Size Me.


The Warrior Queen Of Jhansi wins the Impact Award at VIWFF 2019!

The Warrior Queen of Jhansi (earlier known as Swords & Sceptres) has recently won the WIFTV Impact Award which recognizes a powerful film showcasing women’s impact on our world.  VIWFF said: “It is an award that recognizes a powerful film showcasing women’s impact on our world. The Warrior Queen of Jhansi reminds us that female empowerment isn’t a new phenomenon. It is in fact present throughout our history, led by women like the Queen of Jhansi, who is brought to life in this film with passion and style. These women should be remembered and celebrated for their impact on us all.”