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Lagaan
Bhargav Shastry / fullhyd.com
EDITOR RATING
8.0
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June 15, 2001, will go down as a memorable day in Indian cinema, when history was created both on- and off-screen. It was a day when two honest blokes - one a director whose profile read "a B-grade TV actor and (mis)director of two flops", and the other a producer-actor whose obsession with perfectionism has always been laughed off by everybody as bordering on the pathological - finally released to the world a dream of theirs that was being woven for 5 years.

People had written off the dream before even watching it, because it did not have any of the stereotypes of Indian cinema to sustain it. No puppy love, no foreign locales, no Archiesque Riverdales, no stars except for the lead actor and a voice over by a legend, no hunks, no bombshells. Instead, it was an oddball film set in an obscure year of 1893. It was about a bunch of villagers waging a bloodless battle against the British. Even history was against it as such period films never interested the average Indian viewer.

Meanwhile, the two blokes, along with the 300-odd-film crew, were silently waiting for the Day of Judgment. And they have done it.

The reason that Lagaan is being hailed as classic here is that it is a perfect combination of several factors that make a classic. Never could the front end (read technical excellence) and the back end (read belief) complement each other so well. An offbeat idea being given such magnificent shape is sure to write history.

Put simply, Lagaan is the story of the victory of the human will. The story is set during the British Raj in a remote village called Champaner somewhere in UP, where the villagers are as ordinary as they can be. They give a portion of their agricultural reap as tax to the British under the order of their king as a tax (the lagaan).

This becomes increasingly difficult for them as the village is frequently drought-stricken. And one fine day the Britishers suddenly decide to double the tax. When the villagers go to the British camp to protest this measure, the village hero Bhuvan (Aamir Khan) sees some Britishers playing cricket, and laughs it off as just another version of gulli-danda.

The leader of the British troops, Cap Russell (Paul Blackthorne), then challenges Bhuvan that if the villagers manage to defeat them in this game, they will not have to pay any tax for three years. But if they lose, the tax will be trebled.

Bhuvan accepts this outrageous proposal, much to the chagrin of the villagers who haven't the slightest familiarity with the game. The rest of the film deals with how Bhuvan motivates the villagers into building a team to defeat the Britishers.

All the eleven characters constituting the team, played by the likes of Raghuveer Yadav, Akhilendra Mishra and Aditya Lakhai, have given tremendous performances. Gracy Singh plays Gauri, Bhuvan's love interest, and Rachel Shelly plays Elizabeth, Russell's sister, who teaches the villagers the basics of the game (in which process she also falls for Bhuvan). Both give fine performances.

The film has perhaps the longest climax in Indian cinema and yet one of the most gripping ones, and that is the cricket match between the teams.

Lagaan excels in every department of filmmaking, and especially in art direction, costumes, music, choreography and, most importantly, the editing. The 3 hours and 42 minutes just pass by without the film losing grip of the viewers' attention. Perhaps it needed that much time to make itself timeless.

The never-say-die spirit of Bhuvan is actually a reflection of what Aamir has been with this effort. Ashutosh Gowarikar affirms the fact that flops do not define a director's potential. And now one thing is for certain. Apart from making room for itself in the Bollywood hall of fame and apart from sweeping all accolades, Lagaan is also sure to create some box-office records. The population has been quite vociferous.

This film's success can be summed up by what Bhuvan says in the film:

"Saachhai aur saahas hain jiske man mein, jeet usi ki hogi."
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FAIZALANJUM on 2nd Jan 2013, 1:52pm | Permalink
I LOVE THE MOVIE HOW AAMIR KHAN WIN THE MATCH
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bableee on 22nd Jun 2013, 7:54pm | Permalink
It's a fabulous movie.I plzzzz loved it! !!!!!
FAIZALANJUM on 2nd Jan 2013, 1:52pm | Permalink
I LOVE THE MOVIE HOW AAMIR KHAN WIN THE MATCH
swethasivakumar on 4th Oct 2014, 12:20pm | Permalink
it is a wonderful movie............
Jayshree on 26th Nov 2012, 2:34pm | Permalink
Nice movie good sceans but very very long movie
Akhila Ananthaamas on 12th Apr 2004, 1:36am | Permalink
it was exeleny
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10
Akhila Ananthaamas on 12th Apr 2004, 1:36am | Permalink
it was exeleny
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10
Akhila Ananthaamas on 12th Apr 2004, 1:35am | Permalink
it was exeleny
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10
Praveen Alexander on 23rd Apr 2003, 12:33am | Permalink
Lagaan is the biggest and longest piece of turd that ever existed. No reality whatsoever !!! A member of the British loyalty falls in love with an indian villager! .. in reality she would've probably had him sprayed for fleas or put him to death for approaching the premises! ..what stupidity .. and to top that we wonder why it didnt win the oscars!!
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2
Munna Mobile on 23rd May 2002, 9:28pm | Permalink
I loved this movie, i think i have seen this movie more than 10 time as i have my own copy of VCD of this movie, guys and gals who have not yet seen this movie, let me tell them they have missed a beautiful movie & rarely own bolly-wood comes out with some good movies why miss out .. Aamir is the best actore no doubt, where as for Gracy, she was at her best and gracely passed through out the whole pic...well go and watch this movie.. later no regrets...
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10
Mohan Rohith on 6th May 2002, 1:07pm | Permalink
It is very good film
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10
ZAHEER AHMEDZ on 29th Apr 2002, 3:28pm | Permalink
I LIKE THE MOVIE ITS A NICE CHANGE FOR THIS TIME AS IT PROMOTES PEDIOTRIC FEELINGS AMONG US AND SAME TIME A GOOD PLAY AND NICE STORY ZAHEER FROM BAHRAIN
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10
Shaila Beedkar on 9th Apr 2002, 3:51am | Permalink
Lagaan had a beautiful beginnig and a sensible ending.the cast had funny names except BHUVAN..Amir.!! u stood out with a decent name , while others had real odd names..like Kachra, Goli,Bhaaga!!!!
Just a loud thought, over all it was one movie no one can miss or dare to miss..
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10
Abdul Mohsin on 10th Mar 2002, 12:10pm | Permalink
after a long time a good and the sweetest movie have been came in front of our eyes and mind and soul , its made complete apart the thinking of the world like this movies gives some peace and good relations among all of us indians.so the credit goes to AMIR KHAN for this for making such a good film for indians to have peace and joy and he deserved for the oscar award and all indian film awards.
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10
Patel Alpa on 4th Feb 2002, 9:44pm | Permalink
Lagaan it's the best of the best of the best !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I've got every thinks of Lagaan( posters, CD, cassettes, DVD, VHS, autographes)
I just love this film !!!!!!!!!!!!
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10
SYED ZAINUL on 11th Nov 2001, 9:53pm | Permalink
EXCELLENT.BAHUT KHOB
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10
Vaibhav Gajulapalli on 5th Nov 2001, 10:03pm | Permalink
The best movie I've ever seen
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10
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