The Warrior

July 15th, 2005


The Warrior

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In feudal India, a warrior (Khan) who renounces his role as the longitme enforcer to a local lord becomes the prey in a murderous hunt through the Himalayan mountains.

Release Year: 2001

Rating: 6.7/10 (1,555 voted)

Critic's Score: 65/100

Director: Asif Kapadia

Stars: Irrfan Khan, Puru Chibber, Aino Annuddin

Circa feudal India in the State of Rajasthan is a desert region that is ruled over by a cruel and sadistic Lord, who, with the help of a handful of equally cruel and fierce warriors, led by Lafcadia, weigh a reign of terror upon those who do not submit or dare to oppose him. Long-haired Lafcadia is widowed but has a son, Katiba. Once when Katiba was by himself, he befriends a young girl, who ties a Raakhee on his hand and makes him her brother, and in return he gives her his amulet. When the Lord asks Lafcadia to subdue the villagers of Tarang, they carry out his orders. After the raid while Lafcadia stands by, his warriors rape and loot the villagers, it is then that Lafcadia is surprised by the very same young girl, and it is Katiba's amulet that saves her from being killed. This incident has a deep impact on Lafcadia and he decides to give up his job & sword and seek peace in his village in Kullu in the Himalayas...

Writers: Asif Kapadia, Tim Miller

Irrfan Khan - Lafcadia - Warrior
Puru Chibber - Katiba, Warrior's son
Aino Annuddin - Biswas
Manoj Mishra - Warrior
Nanhe Khan - Warrior
Chander Singh - Warrior
Hemant Maahaor - Warrior
Mandakini Goswami - Rabia
Sunita Sharma - The girl
Shaukat Baig - Clerk
Gori Shanker - Tarang village headman
Prabhuram - Blacksmith
Wagaram - Blacksmith's son
Ajai Rohilla - Quarrey foreman
Noor Mani - Riaz - Thief


Official Website: Miramax [United States] |

Release Date: 15 July 2005

Filming Locations: Himachal Pradesh, India

Box Office Details

Budget: £2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $14,130 (USA) (17 July 2005) (4 Screens)

Gross: $48,160 (USA) (7 August 2005)

Technical Specs

Runtime: France:  | Argentina:

Did You Know?

The Hindi-language film "The Warrior" was chosen by the British Academy of Film and Television to represent the UK in the "Best Foreign Language Film" category at the 2003 Oscars. The AMPAA took the highly unusual step of rejecting the movie because although the film had a British-born director (of Indian ancestry) and was co-produced by three British companies, the film did not qualify as British since "Hindi was not a language indigenous to the U.K." The British Academy was forced to submit its second choice, the Welsh-language, "Eldra". In an ironic twist, "The Warrior" went on to win "Best British Film" at the British Academy Awards the following year, although it lost "Best Non-English Film" to a film from Spain.

Revealing mistakes: Before The Warrior tosses his dagger into the stream, a wire attached to the hilt to retrieve it from the water off-camera is clearly visible on the palm his left hand.

User Review

Simple, Poetic, Beautiful

Rating: 10/10

A very worthwhile film, assuming you don't need rivers of blood, yucky closeups of severed body parts or explosions every twelve minutes to hold your interest.

Most stories about the killer who renounces violence feature a lip-smacking, almost pornographic delight in the violence itself. This film successfully avoids that trap.

The story has echoes of samurai tales to it, though the settings are the deserts of Rajastan and the mountains of the Himalayas - lowlands bad, mountains good, as always.

The lead actor is both expressive and restrained, the support is sufficient, and the whole experience moving. I hope a DVD version gets issued in the US before too long.


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