Screened as part of NZIFF 2009

Yes Madam, Sir 2008

Directed by Megan Doneman

“Biopic offers could be waved at Kiran Bedi following Yes Madam, Sir, an enthralling chronicle of her brilliant, tempestuous career as India’s first elite policewoman.” — Variety. Narrated by Helen Mirren.

Australia / India In English, Hindi and Punjabi with English subtitles
95 minutes DigiBeta

Director, Photography, Editor


Megan Doneman
Laraine Doneman


Nathan Larson


Helen Mirren


Kiran Bedi
Prakash Peshawaria
Saina Bedi
Gautam Kaul


Toronto 2008; Sydney 2009


“Megan Doneman's gripping documentary about India's most controversial woman, Kiran Bedi, is both [a] tribute to one woman's singlehanded determination to win justice and effect change; and [a] compelling study of how an individual with relentless drive creates impact in professional and personal spheres, not all of them intended. After a star turn as a champion tennis player in 1972, Bedi became the first woman to join the Indian Police Service. She gained national prominence after having Indira Gandhi's illegally parked car towed. The authorities addressed the challenge by handing her some of the worst postings in the field including Delhi's notorious Tihar Jail. [Filming Bedi and her equally remarkable family over a period of six years] Doneman interweaves stories of her many successes with frank and personal testimony to the brilliance and eccentricities of this inspiring leader. Narrated by Helen Mirren.” — Clare Stewart, Sydney Film Festival