| Aamir Khan , Akhilendra Mishra , Raj Zutshi , Kulbhushan Kharbanda , Gracie Singh
|| Ashutosh Gowarikar
|| Javed Akhtar
|In India Cricket is a religion and its indeed a surprise that
filmmakers have not successfully exploited this segment of Indian culture and now what better person than took Aamir Khan to tap this passion on the
The movie is set in Champaner, a small village in Central India in 1893 where the Raja's people, who announce dugna lagaan (double
tax). There has been no rain in this small village since a year. The poor farmers aren’t even in a state to pay their actual “Lagaan”
The villagers are
totally stumped. Only one among them, Bhuvan, accepts a dare from the captain: Win a cricket match against the fearsome British team and be exempt from lagaan for three years. Or stand to pay tiguna lagaan (three times the tax).
Bhuvan takes up the impossible task of defeating the British in a game of cricket, which Captain Russell puts forward to him when the villagers say they cannot pay the tax that year.
The story is on how Aamir Khan goes about gathering his 11
men Cricket army and no prizes for guessing who the Man of the match is!
And for those not happy with India's tour of Zimbabwe,
there is Lagaan for you at the theatres having almost
11/2hrs of Village cricket.
All in all, an absolutely different film and all credits to
Aamir Khan for taking up such an offbeat theme and now its left to the audience for their verdict.
Lagaan is running in packed houses with black tickets
selling over Rs150 even on weekdays!
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