8.2/10
79,373
249 user 69 critic

Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)

The people of a small village in Victorian India stake their future on a game of cricket against their ruthless British rulers.

Director:

Writers:

(story), (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
Reviews
Popularity
4,996 ( 533)
Top Rated Indian Movies #41 | Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 44 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Ad

Genius (TV Series 2017)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A series which explores how patent clerk Einstein could not get a teaching job or doctorate in his early life, yet managed to go on to solve the secrets of the universe.

Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Johnny Flynn, Nicholas Rowe
Comedy | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

This story is about six friends who help an English filmmaker create a documentary about Indian freedom struggle. During filming, this group of friends learn about those before them and the importance of fighting for their rights.

Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Stars: Aamir Khan, Soha Ali Khan, Siddharth
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Three inseparable childhood friends are just out of college. Nothing comes between them - until they each fall in love, and their wildly different approaches to relationships creates tension.

Director: Farhan Akhtar
Stars: Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Akshaye Khanna
PK (2014)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A stranger in the city asks questions no one has asked before. His childlike curiosity will take him on a journey of love, laughter, and letting go.

Director: Rajkumar Hirani
Stars: Aamir Khan, Anushka Sharma, Sanjay Dutt
Ghajini (2008)
Action | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A short-term memory loss patient sets out on his journey to avenge the death of his beloved girl.

Director: A.R. Murugadoss
Stars: Aamir Khan, Asin, Jiah Khan
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A gangster sets out to fulfill his father's dream of becoming a doctor.

Director: Rajkumar Hirani
Stars: Sunil Dutt, Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi
3 Idiots (2009)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Two friends are searching for their long lost companion. They revisit their college days and recall the memories of their friend who inspired them to think differently, even as the rest of the world called them "idiots".

Director: Rajkumar Hirani
Stars: Aamir Khan, Madhavan, Mona Singh
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Munna Bhai embarks on a journey with Mahatma Gandhi in order to fight against a corrupt property dealer.

Director: Rajkumar Hirani
Stars: Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi, Vidya Balan
Talaash (2012)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Inspector Surjan Shekhawat, who is dealing with a depressing past, has to investigate a high profile murder case, deal with his crumbling marriage and use the help and solace of a prostitute by the name of Rosie.

Director: Reema Kagti
Stars: Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Rani Mukerji
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

The truth behind the ascension of Milkha "The Flying Sikh" Singh who was scarred because of the India-Pakistan partition.

Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Stars: Farhan Akhtar, Sonam Kapoor, Pavan Malhotra
Fanaa (2006)
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A sweet blind girl Zooni meets a flirty Rehan. She ignores her friends' warnings. It's her time to discover life. Is she making the right love choice?

Director: Kunal Kohli
Stars: Aamir Khan, Kajol, Rishi Kapoor
A Wednesday (2008)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A retiring police officer reminisces about the most astounding day of his career. About a case that was never filed but continues to haunt him in his memories - the case of a man and a Wednesday.

Director: Neeraj Pandey
Stars: Anupam Kher, Naseeruddin Shah, Jimmy Shergill
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
Yashodamai
...
...
Bhura (as Raghuveer Yadav)
...
Mukhiya
...
Guran
Shri Vallabh Vyas ...
Ishwar (as Sri Vallabh Vyas)
...
Ram Singh
...
Ismail
...
Arjan
...
Goli
...
Lakha
Edit

Storyline

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)

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Once upon a time in India


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and some violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

| | |

Release Date:

8 May 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lagaan  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The first cut of the film was 7 hours and 30 minutes long. See more »

Goofs

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

Rajah Puran Singh: Crush Captain Russell's impudence.
See more »

Connections

Featured in The Hour: Episode #7.86 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Radha Kaise Na Jale
Music by A.R. Rahman
Lyrics by Javed Akhtar
Performed by Asha Bhosle, Udit Narayan, Vaishali and chorus
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

IMDb Exclusive: 7 Things to Know About 'Baahubali'

Did you know that animatronics were used to bring the animals to life in the Baahubali movies? Check out some fun facts and images from the epic to get in the zone for Baahubali 2: The Conclusion.

See the complete list of trivia

User Reviews

 
A must see for all Indian cricket fans!
18 June 2001 | by (Chennai) – See all my reviews

Initially I was warned about the length of the movie-3hrs and 50 mins.But believe me, its worth it.There is a refreshing Indian-ness about the movie,which is welcome after a recent bout of Hollywood remakes in Hindi that have become such an eye-sore.

The emotion that Indians share about cricket is effectively taken advantage of(the cricket match played between villagers of Champaner and the British officers which forms the climax ,extends to about an hour and a half).

The best part of the movie is the characterization of the eleven players (villagers).Aamir Khan is at his best in this movie and Gracie Singh lives the role of Gauri.The acting talents of the British actors esp. that of the officer Captain Russel(played by Paul Blackthorne) is notable.

There was never a boring moment in the film, the dialogues and songs' lyrics are very meaningful.And lastly I must appreciate the work behind the entire cricket sequence as it covers most of the aspects of the game and not to mention - match fixing,sledging,body line bowling ,making it gripping till the last ball! A must see for Indian cricket fans!


43 of 54 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?

Top Rated and Trending Indian Movies

Check out the Indian movies with the highest ratings from IMDb users, as well as the movies that are trending in real time.