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THE WING PRESENTS THE WARRIOR QUEEN OF JHANSI. The epic saga of a revolutionary 19th-century Indian feminist icon Queen, the Rani of Jhansi was screened at The Metrograph on November 13th and was attended by cast Devika Bhise, Jodhi May, Ben Lamb and Ajinkya Deo along with Director, Writer and Producer Swati Bhise.

NEW YORK (November 14th, 2019): The world premiere of THE WARRIOR QUEEN OF JHANSI ahead of its US & Canadian release on November 15th took place last night at New York’s Metrograph theatre in association with The Wing, a network of work and community spaces designed for women with over 10,000 members and spaces throughout the US and London.

Empowering women has been a crucial philosophy underlying the business and management of Cayenne Pepper Productions. This film is a salute to this iconic warrior whose empowered spirit continues to stay relevant 180 years post her demise.

The “Spirit of The Rani” award was presented to activist and civil rights attorney Monica Ramirez for her remarkable work in the eradication of gender-based violence and the promotion of gender equity and Yari Blanco for her incredible work in founding The Girl Mob and other diversity initiatives at The Wing and other media platforms.

Director, Producer & Writer Swati Bhise said,

“This is a film I want to share globally. Her story crosses country, culture, and gender as it resonates on every level of humanity, strength, and endurance. It is a story of female empowerment, more relevant now than ever, and can be drawn upon to inspire women all around the world. Cayenne Pepper Production and its team are proud to bring the real wonder woman onto the global platform from 1857 to 2019.”

The screening was followed by an engaging conversation with the director and cast about the journey of making the film with Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani, Emmy-nominated correspondent, producer, and writer.

The Warrior Queen of Jhansi releases on November 15th, 2019 in the USA distributed by Roadside Attractions.


The Warrior Queen of Jhansi tells the true story of the legendary Rani (translation: Queen) of Jhansi, a feminist icon in India and 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. 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.


Cayenne Pepper Productions (“CPP”) is a film production company based in Hong Kong. CEO, Writer, Director and Producer, Swati Bhise of CPP is currently in post-production on her directorial debut, THE WARRIOR QUEEN OF JHANSI. Swati acted as Executive Producer and Associate Producer (India) of THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY, an Ed Pressman production that premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and released globally in April 2016. CPP also distributed the film in India, in conjunction with PVR Entertainment. THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY stars Jeremy Irons, Dev Patel, Devika Bhise, Toby Jones and Stephen Fry. CPP develops its own scripts and film content and is currently developing content for a number of films scheduled to be released over the next 3-5 years. CPP focuses on films of social relevance, heritage, and outstanding stories of female protagonists and women’s empowerment. Our mission is to discover new talent and share stories that are both thought-provoking and relevant to contemporary life. Due to CPP’s in-depth knowledge of India’s culture and heritage, we specialize in Indo-centric stories and see ourselves as a bridge between the East and the West. Swati Bhise has been in New York City for 36 years, yet her performance and production background have kept her in sync with Asia (Hong Kong and India) and New York with a pulse on the India Market.


Since its founding in 2003, Roadside Attractions’ films have grossed over $300M and garnered nineteen Academy Award® nominations. Roadside Attractions released the #1 independent film of 2018, the faith-based I Can Only Imagine which grossed $83.5M and currently has the #1 independent film for 2019, The Peanut Butter Falcon. In theatres now are the critically acclaimed biopic Judy starring Renee Zellweger and documentary Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles. The company has released such critical and commercial hits 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.

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