The Warrior (2001 British film)

The Warrior is a 2001 film by British filmmaker Asif Kapadia. It stars Irrfan Khan as Lafcadia, a warrior in feudal Rajasthan who attempts to give up the sword. The film is in Hindi and was filmed in Rajasthan, India.

The Warrior
Region 2 DVD cover
Directed byAsif Kapadia
Produced byBertrand Faivre
Written byAsif Kapadia
Tim Miller
StarringIrrfan Khan
Music byDario Marianelli
CinematographyRoman Osin
Edited byEwa J. Lind
Distributed byFilm4
Release date
  • 23 September 2001 (2001-09-23) (SSFF)
  • 3 May 2002 (2002-05-03) (United Kingdom)
  • 18 June 2003 (2003-06-18) (France)
Running time
86 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Kapadia started work on the 2001 film within a year of graduating from the Royal College of Art.[2] Even though this was his first feature film,[2] The Warrior was produced by companies from the UK, Germany and France. At the BAFTA Awards it won the Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film. It was also one of the films, short-listed for UK's official entry for the Academy Awards but was ultimately dropped on grounds that the language was not indigenous to Britain.

Britain's official Oscar selection and eventual nominee was the Welsh-language film Solomon and Gaenor.[3]


Festival screenings include: London, Edinburgh, Rotterdam, Pusan, Gothenburg, Boston.


  1. "The Warrior". British Film Institute. London. Retrieved 10 November 2012.
  2. Matt Warren (24 August 2001). "Review The silent soldier The Warrior". The Scotsman. Archived from the original on 11 June 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
  3. "UK Hindi film causes Oscar trouble". BBC News. 29 November 2002. Retrieved 28 September 2008.

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