Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India

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Released 2002

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Director:
Ashutosh Gowariker
Released:
2002
Rating:
PG
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.moreless

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  • 80

    The New York Times Dave Kehr

    Lagaan may look naïve; it is anything but. This is a movie that knows its business — pleasing a broad, popular audience -- and goes about it with savvy professionalism and genuin...

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Raises it to the level of an art film with fully drawn characters, a serious underlying theme, and a sophisticated style and point of view.

  • 80

    Variety Derek Elley

    Neither pure masala musical nor pure masala meller, Lagaan is an involving, easily digestible hunk of pure entertainment that could be the trigger for Bollywood's long-awaited cros...

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