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Director: Akriti Singh
Cast: Akriti Singh, Surya Rao, Arshad Mumtaz
India 2021, 97 mins, Hindi with English subtitles

Part of Belgrade Theatre’s Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 programme. Funded by BFI Audience Development Fund and Arts Council England. Produced by Tongues on Fire. Presented by Phizzical.

This was a heist like no other. There was no gun, no elaborate escape plan, and they almost got away with the whole thing. It also happens to be a true story. In 1974, a woman landed at the New Delhi Railway station and asked to meet Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by claiming she was the Queen of Awadh; a story which quickly became a media sensation. Director Akriti Singh’s film is a fictional retelling of the crazy events that followed, which remain a living breathing testament to the idea that truth is, in fact, far stranger than fiction.

Pre-recorded Q&A with director and cast.

Thur 27 May 2021
Belgrade Theatre
Fri 28 May 2021
Rich Mix
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