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Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Musical  |  8 May 2002 (USA)
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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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Gracy Singh ...
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Elizabeth Russell
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Suhasini Mulay ...
Yashodamai
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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
Rajendranath Zutshi ...
Ismail (as Raj Zutshi)
Akhilendra Mishra ...
Arjan
Daya Shankar Pandey ...
Goli
Yashpal Sharma ...
Lakha
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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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Rated PG for language and some violence | See all certifications »

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The game of cricket is a test match. Bhuvan's team can't lose the match if the stipulated time is over. The match should end in a draw. See more »

Quotes

Col. Boyer: [Narrating, as he makes out an official document and affixes his wax seal] By the power vested in me by Her Majesty, Queen Victoria, I hereby declare that, after much deliberation on the matter, the Cantonment at Champaner be dissolved, and the officers and troops of the erstwhile Cantonment shall relocate and re-establish themselves in the princely state of Raj Gardh with immediate effect. Signed, Colonel J.R. Boyer, Commanding Officer, Central Provinces.
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Chale Chalo
Music by A.R. Rahman
Lyrics by Javed Akhtar
Performed by A.R. Rahman, Srinivas and chorus
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As a sports movie, "Lagaan" is dramatized with great élan and suspense…

The setting is historical… The year is 1893… The British Raj imposes heavy taxes on the poor villagers despite all the problems droughts have caused on their income…

An arrogant army captain—unknown to him that his sister has fallen in love with a sensitive idealistic—confident in his countrymen's ability, offers the people relief if they can beat the fearsome British team at a game of cricket…

Despite its closeness to the conventions, "Lagaan" proved to be a break-out film… Besides the graceful and enchanting attractions of the song-and-dance sequences, it has a plot carefully fashioned to a special kind of audience—audience who likes sports movies…

They are minor characters compared to the captain's pretty sister (Rachel Shelley), who not only upholds the British tradition of fair play but also loses her heart to the handsome Indian hero…


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