“Phoolan Devi, for me, is a symbol,” says Lady Kharrazi. “She wasn’t a woman, she’s a legend.” On one hand, she was an outcast in the eyes of society. She was a murderer and a bandit, and she did lots of things that were wrong.
However, that humanity made her endearing. People loved her because of it, and many nearly worshiped her as a religious figure. As a result, Lady Kharrazi is helping to produce an up-and-coming film about the life of Phoolan Devi.
Who Was Phoolan Devi?
Phoolan was born to a poor family in India. Like many women in these unfortunate situations, Phoolan was constantly exposed to violence. However, despite this turmoil, Phoolan refused to hide in the shadows. Instead, she turned the tables on her abusers.
The Bandit Queen was praised as a folk hero for her rebellion and elected to India’s parliament by popular vote. However, Phoolan’s political career was cut tragically short in 2001 when she was murdered. As the Guardian reported, it took 10 years for her murderer to be brought to justice.