Banner: Canyenne Pepper Production Ltd.
Writer: Devika Bhise, Swati Bhise, Olivia Emden
Director: Swati Bhise
Cast: Devika Bhise, Arif Zakaria, Ben Lamb, Derek Jacobi, Glenn Webster, Jodhi May, Martyn Mayger, Nathaniel Parker, Omar Malik, R. Bhakti Klein, Rupert Everett, Sonia Albizuri, Swati Bhise, Terry Bamber
Music: Tuomas Kantelinen
The film starts with a voice over where the introduction to the characters and their part in the film is been showcased. It also tell us about the periodic time when Jhansi was under the power of the British rule and how everything started with her marriage.
It showcased the 1857 Indian Rebellion against the British East India Company. There are some emotional break points in the film when her husband Gangadhar Rao passes away and there also comes a point where she is shown weak and thing around her are drifting apart. It’s chronicle journey of how she deals with the obstacle and giving such a big sacrifice.
The film was co-written, produced and directed by Swati Bhise, with Charles Salmon as co-producer. They have done a wonderful work when it comes to display of characters, right from their costumes to showcasing the battlefield fight everything is remarkable.
The story will not only stay in one part but it will take you to different phases of her life during the complication of 1858 fight to going back to in flash back to 1853 where it all started.
The camera work has been perfect in all the scenes and scenarios. With intense action, battlefield drama and some well-crafted sword sequences, the film uses ample visual effects to leave behind a lasting impression. However, this is not done with finesse, and comes through.
Talking about the performances, Devika Bhise has done her job really well. She was the perfect fit for the role of Rani Lakshmibai as she carried her elf with emotion and grace in each and every scene. It highlights her prowess as a prolific actor and adds one more feather to her cap. Her transformation from a young girl to a warrior soaked in blood is effortless. So much so, that the supporting actors have little to do.
Ben Lamb has portrayed the character of Major Rovert Ellis well and has been a trustworthy person for the queen of Jhansi and being in British army. Also, all the other characters has done their job well. It highlights her prowess as a prolific actor and adds one more feather to her cap. Her transformation from a young girl to a warrior soaked in blood is effortless. So much so, that the supporting actors have little to do.
We give this film three and a half stars as this periodic drama is unmissable!