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The Warrior Queen of Jhansi tells the story of Rani of Jhansi, a sort of Indian Joan of Arc who led a fierce, ultimately unsuccessful rebellion against Britain’s East India Trading Company in 1857. Her effort nevertheless set in motion the demise of the powerful joint-stock company that had colonized and controlled large parts of the Indian subcontinent. This colorful epic, a British-Indian co-production, marks the directorial debut of Swati Bhise, the Bharatanatyam dancer and choreographer.

Laemmle Royal (also playing at the Playhouse 7 and Town Center 5), 11523 Santa Monica Blvd., Sawtelle. Beginning Fri., Nov. 15, various showtimes; $9-$13. (310) 478-3836, laemmle.com.