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Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001) Poster

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The first cut of the film was 7 hours and 30 minutes long.
The first Bollywood production in 30 years to use synchronized sound. An Arri535 camera, brought over from Germany, was used to facilitate sync-sound recording. Most Indian films are dubbed entirely in the studio in the process known as ADR.
The movie was shot in villages of Bhuj (Gujarat). Bhuj was destroyed in an earthquake on 26th January 2001, six months after the movie was shot.
Model turned actress Sonali Bendre was interested in playing "Gauri" but Aamir Khan rejected her, felt that she looked much like a Westerner.
India's official entry to the Academy Awards in the category of 'Best Foreign Language Film'.
Lagaan has many parallels with Bhuvan Shome (1969). Amitabh Bachchan is the narrator in both the movies. The hero and heroine's name are the same, Bhuvan and Gauri. Suhasini Mulay who played the heroine in Bhuvan Shome, played the hero's mother in Lagaan. Both movies were shot in Gujarat.
Aamir Khan got his ears pierced so that he could actually wear earrings.
During the final cricket match, one of the British players, Smith, gets run out. As the actor ran back to the crease he fell, landing on his cricket bat and dislocating his left shoulder.
Abhishek Bachchan was offered a role in the film, but he turned it down.
Lagaan's shooting was done in kutch district of Gujarat. The places are Vijay vilas palace-Mandavi, Prag Mahal- Bhuj , and the Field between Jam Kunariya and Kotay near Bhuj. Aamir Khan and his team were much impressed by the villagers of Kotay and Kunariya. After 6 months of shooting there was a high scale earthquake in the village. After this Aamir donated much of his Lagaan earnings for relief efforts to help the village.
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Aamir Khan wore his wife's earrings for the role of Bhuvan.
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The village shown in the film is titled Champaneer, which is supposed to be located in Madhya Pradesh. This is a fictitious place, but there is a place called Champaneer near Vadodara that is now a World Heritage Site. Coincidently, Vadodara and Bhuj, where the film was shot, are in the same state of Gujarat.
The movie had the biggest number of British actors ever to be cast in a single movie in the history of Indian Cinema.
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Shah Rukh Khan was offered the role of Bhuvan but rejected it.
For the preparation of his role as the untouchable Kachra, Aditya Lakhia read P. Sainath's Everybody Loves a Good Drought, for the authenticity of the character.
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Ameesha Patel auditioned for the role of Gauri.
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Preity Zinta was offered Gracy Singh' s role. But she could not commit 4 months to the film.
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"Matangi Mixtape" by M.I.A. sampled the song "Ghanan Ghanan".
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Lagaan was highly inspired from Naya Daur (1957). Starring:- Dilip Kumar, Vyjayintimala. Directed by B.R. Chopra.
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Paul Blackthorne spent six months learning Hindi for his role in the movie.
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Solace song "Innocent One" from the album Opium Head sampled the song "Mitwa".
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The lead role of Gauri was offered to Rani Mukerji but she couldnt do the film because dates were not available.
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Director Cameo 

Ashutosh Gowariker: an untouchable and a widower.
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