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 film is credited with convincing Irrfan Khan to not give up on his acting career.[2][3]

The Warrior
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Directed byAsif Kapadia
Written byAsif Kapadia
Tim Miller
Produced byBertrand Faivre
StarringIrrfan Khan
CinematographyRoman Osin
Edited byEwa J. Lind
Music byDario Marianelli
Distributed byFilmFour Distributors (United Kingdom)
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
CountriesUnited Kingdom

The Warrior is the story of spiritual transformation of a cruel warrior Lafcadia. The movie unfolds taking you from Rajasthan to the Himalayas.[4] Kapadia started work on the 2001 film within a year of graduating from the Royal College of Art.[5] Even though this was his first feature film,[5] 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.[6]


As pre-publicity the director attended a Q&A screening in Wood Green's Cineworld Cinema, commenting that it was good to be back at the shopping centre where he had spent so much time hanging out as a teenager.

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


  1. ^ "The Warrior". British Film Institute. London. Archived from the original on 14 January 2009. Retrieved 10 November 2012.
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  4. ^ "Must Watch Movies of Irrfan Khan". Retrieved 21 March 2021.
  5. ^ a b 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.
  6. ^ "UK Hindi film causes Oscar trouble". BBC News. 29 November 2002. Retrieved 28 September 2008.

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