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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)
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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