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Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)

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The people of a small village in Victorian India stake their future on a game of cricket against their ruthless British rulers.

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Ashutosh Gowariker

Writers:

Ashutosh Gowariker (story), Ashutosh Gowariker (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aamir Khan ... Bhuvan
Gracy Singh ... Gauri
Rachel Shelley ... Elizabeth Russell
Paul Blackthorne ... Captain Andrew Russell
Suhasini Mulay ... Yashodamai
Kulbhushan Kharbanda ... Rajah Puran Singh
Raghuvir Yadav ... Bhura (as Raghuveer Yadav)
Rajendra Gupta ... Mukhiya
Rajesh Vivek ... Guran
Shri Vallabh Vyas ... Ishwar (as Sri Vallabh Vyas)
Javed Khan ... Ram Singh
Raj Zutshi ... Ismail
Akhilendra Mishra ... Arjan
Daya Shankar Pandey ... Goli
Yashpal Sharma ... Lakha
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Storyline

This is the story about the resilience shown by the Indians when they were under the British Rule. They are already taxed to the bone by the British and their cronies, but when Jack Russell announces that he will double the Lagaan (tax) from all villagers, they decide to oppose it. Leading the villagers is a handsome young man named Bhuvan, who challenges them to a game of cricket, a game that is to be played by veteran British cricket players, versus villagers, including Bhuvan himself, who have never played this game before, and do not even know a bat from a piece of wood. As the challenge is accepted, the interest grows and attracts Indians from all over the region, as well as the British from all over the country - as everyone gathers to see the 'fair play' that the British will display against their counter-parts, who are aided by none other than the sister, Elizabeth, of Captain Rusell. Written by Sumitra (corrected by Sonia)

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Once upon a time in India


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AL | See all certifications »

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi | English | Awadhi | Urdu

Release Date:

13 February 2003 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Lagaan See more »

Filming Locations:

Bhuj, Gujarat, India

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$285,368, 17 June 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$70,147, 16 June 2002
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

India's official entry to the Academy Awards in the category of 'Best Foreign Language Film'. See more »

Goofs

SPOILER. Every time British soldiers go past on horseback, the Union flag carried by one of them is always upside down. As an internationally recognized distress signal, it's an unconscious revealing of the result of the cricket match. See more »

Quotes

[watching British play Cricket so they can learn, and they see the Umpire stick his finger up]
Tipu: Why is he pointing up?
Bhuvan: That's what I'M trying to understand.
Guran: Maybe he's calling for his Ma. She's sitting up there, eh?
[Laughing]
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Connections

Referenced in 50 Films to See Before You Die (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Radha Kaise Na Jale
Music by A.R. Rahman
Lyrics by Javed Akhtar
Performed by Asha Bhosle, Udit Narayan, Vaishali and chorus
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Only Indian film in Channel 4's 50 Films to See Before you Die. No 55 in Empire magazines 100 Best Films of World Cinema. Time magazine's The All-TIME 25 Best Sports Movies
5 November 2013 | by Fella_shibbySee all my reviews

I still remember the long queue for the advanve booking of this film. Saw this 3 times in theatre. Then so many times on channel that I lost the count of it. What a lavish n enormous entertainment man. It is more than 3 hours long but doesn't bore u for even a minute. Awesome direction. Awesome screenplay. Awesome editing. Awesome cinematography. Awesome acting by all. Aamir khan was too good man. What an amazing performance of his as teams captain Bhuvan. This movie is more than just a sports movie. This is a great sports movie and even if you don't like sports, it is still a great movie. I highly recommend this movie to everyone. It is a movie that you should definitely see if you're down because it is a movie about hope. It is also about victory. Lovely songs n awesome music.

In 2010, the film was ranked No. 55 in Empire magazines "The 100 Best Films of World Cinema". In 2011, it was listed in Time magazine's special "The All-TIME 25 Best Sports Movies". Lagaan was listed as number 14 on Channel 4's "50 Films to See Before you Die" and was the only Indian film to be listed.


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