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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)
Model turned actress Sonali Bendre was interested in playing "Gauri" but Aamir Khan rejected her, felt that she looked much like a Westerner. See more »
The film although based in the year 1893 shows quite a few British Lieutenants to be clean-shaven. The British Indian Army regulated all commissioned officers to wear whiskers till 1910, so the lieutenants had to wear beards or at least moustaches. See more »
At ease, Captain. You know Major Cotton. That is Major Warren. Take a seat. Now, what is this we hear? That you have agreed to cancel the tax of the farmers in Champaner if they beat you in a game of cricket? Is this true?
Yes, Colonel Boyer, sir, it is.
What on earth do you think you're here for? To play games?
Let me remind you that you are working here for Her Majesty, the Queen. Your job is to ensure the smooth running of your province.
Pardon me, sir, but that's exactly what I'm doing.
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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 captainunknown to him that his sister has fallen in love with a sensitive idealisticconfident 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 audienceaudience 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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