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Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India ()


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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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Bhuvan
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Gauri
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Elizabeth Russell
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Captain Andrew Russell
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Yashodamai
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Rajah Puran Singh
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Bhura (as Raghuveer Yadav)
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Mukhiya
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Guran
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Ishwar (as Sri Vallabh Vyas)
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Ram Singh
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Ismail
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Arjan
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Goli
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Lakha
Amin Hajee ...
Bagha
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Kachra
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Shambukaka
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Col. Boyer
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Maj. Warren
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Maj. Cotton
Ben Nealon ...
Lt. Smith
Anupam Shyam ...
Namdeo
Raja Awasthi ...
Ramprasad
Pramatesh Mehta ...
Harikaka
Bhim Vakani ...
Kazi
Amin Gazi ...
Tipu
Anu Ansari ...
Jigni
Parveen Bano ...
Kesarya
Chris England ...
Yardley
Howard Lee ...
Burton
Simon Holmes ...
Brooks
Ray Eves ...
Willis
Jon House ...
North
Neil Patrick ...
Harrisson
Jamie Whitby Coles ...
Wesson
Barry Hart ...
Benson
Alex Shirtcliff ...
Flynn
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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Narrator
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Sardar (uncredited)

Directed by

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Ashutosh Gowariker

Written by

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Ashutosh Gowariker ... (story)
 
Ashutosh Gowariker ... (screenplay) and
Kumar Dave ... (screenplay) and
Sanjay Dayma ... (screenplay)
 
K.P. Saxena ... (dialogue)

Produced by

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Reena Dutta ... executive producer
Aamir Khan ... producer

Music by

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A.R. Rahman

Cinematography by

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Anil Mehta

Film Editing by

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Ballu Saluja

Editorial Department

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Haribabu ... negative cutter
Nanadlal Prasad ... assistant editor: avid
C.M. Ravichandran ... color timer
Rajeev Singh ... editor: steinbeck
Sunil Wadekar ... assistant editor: steinbeck

Casting By

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Uma Da Cunha
Danielle Roffe

Production Design by

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Nitin Chandrakant Desai

Costume Design by

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Bhanu Athaiya

Makeup Department

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Nicole Demers ... makeup designer
Geeta Gujjar ... assistant hair stylist
Joginder G. Gupta ... assistant makeup artist
Nitin Indulkar ... assistant makeup artist
Shobha Kamat ... assistant hair stylist
S. Maliq ... wigs
Shrikant More ... assistant makeup artist
Sharad Pawar ... assistant makeup artist
Pina Rizzi ... hair designer
Simmi Shanmughan ... assistant hair stylist
Sunil Shedge ... assistant makeup artist
Meera Singh ... assistant hair stylist
Naresh Tannir ... assistant makeup artist
Yogesh Yewale ... assistant makeup artist

Production Management

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Nikhat Hegde ... production manager
Ranjit Indori ... production manager
Datta Jamkhande ... production manager
Shamala S. Rao ... production manager
Akram Shah ... production manager
Ashok Shinde ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Urvashi Chugani ... assistant director
Sanjay Dayma ... chief assistant director
Reema Kagti ... second assistant director (as Reema Katgi)
Apoorva Lakhia ... first assistant director
Priyamvada Narayanan ... assistant director
Kiran Rao ... assistant director

Art Department

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Dhanabhai Ramji Ahir ... set contractor
Hemant Bhatkar ... assistant art director
Eknath Kadam ... assistant art director
Mavji ... set contractor
Sanjay Panchal ... assistant art director
Girish Patil ... assistant art director
Kalpesh Salve ... assistant art director
Dilip Satam ... assistant art director
Dhananjay Thorat ... graphic designer (uncredited)

Sound Department

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J.D. Babu ... Dolby mixing: Prasad Video Digital
Balu ... foley artist
Michael C.A. ... sound management and coordination
Stephen Gomes ... dialogue editor / location sound effects editor
Shaikh Gulam Hussain ... boom operator (as Sheikh Gulam Hassan)
Shankar J. ... sound assistant
Nakul Kamte ... production sound mixer / sound designer / sound / supervising sound editor
Ashraf Khan ... second boom operator
V. Kishore ... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Kumar ... foley artist
S. Chandra Kumar ... Dolby mixing: Prasad Video Digital
Sekar L. ... sound assistant
Lingam ... foley artist
Murali ... foley artist
Karthikeyan N. ... foley and sfx track laying
T. Kamatchi Nathan ... audioworks station
Tapas Nayak ... sound assistant (as Tappas Nayak)
Nazim Naseer Peshiman ... second boom operator
C. Sethu ... foley artist
H. Sridhar ... final mixing engineer
Baylon Fonseca ... DTS mix engineer (uncredited)
Sreejesh ... dvd mastering engineer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Vishal Anand ... special effects: Western Outdoor, Bombay
Sherry Bharda ... special effects: Western Outdoor, Bombay
Amit Chomal ... special effects: Western Outdoor, Bombay
Vinit Dutt Mannan ... special effects: Western Outdoor, Bombay
Sanjay Francis ... special effects: Western Outdoor, Bombay
Rahul Kallankandy ... special effects: Western Outdoor, Bombay
Pankaj Khandpur ... special effects: Western Outdoor, Bombay
Bharat Sachdev ... special effects: Western Outdoor, Bombay
Piku Shahani ... special effects: Western Outdoor, Bombay
Aquil Unia ... special effects: Western Outdoor, Bombay

Visual Effects by

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Giles Livesey ... digital film colorist
Satish Ratakonda ... digital compositor: Mantra-RFC (as Satish Babu)
Vishal Anand ... senior CGI artist (uncredited)
Shakti Banerjee ... digital compositor: Mantra-Ramoji Film City (uncredited)
Angel Das ... visual effects artist (uncredited)

Stunts

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Ejaz Gulab ... assistant action
Javed Karim ... assistant action
Abbas Ali Moghul ... action coordinator
Salam ... assistant action

Camera and Electrical Department

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G.R. Adam ... grip
Nasim Ahmed ... spot boy
Amina A. Amlani ... generator operator
P. Amos ... spot boy
Babu Batliwala ... spot boy
Paramjit Chawla ... assistant still photographer
Chandi Das ... assistant camera: second unit
Mulchand Dedhia ... gaffer
Anthony Fernandes ... crane operator
Shivaji Gawda ... spot boy
Shankar Ghatge ... spot boy
Kusha Gowda ... spot boy
Lava Gowda ... spot boy
Sachin Gowda ... spot boy
R.J. Gururaj ... chief camera assistant
Abdul Hamid Shaikh ... lighting technician
Hari ... spot boy
Tukaram Joshi ... lighting technician (as Tukaram S. Joshi)
H. Karmali ... generator operator
Rajesh Khale ... assistant camera
Nizam Khan ... lighting technician
Rasool Khan ... lighting technician
Harindra Kotain ... spot boy
Krishna ... assistant camera
Ravi Kuduur ... crane operator
Rafey Mehmood ... camera operator: second unit
K.U. Mohanan ... additional photographer
Namdeo ... spot boy
Sudhir Palsane ... camera operator: second unit
Joginder Panda ... camera operator: second unit
Satyajit Pande ... assistant camera: second unit
Shiva Poojari ... spot boy
Rajesh ... spot boy
Ramana ... crane operator
Ramprasad ... assistant camera
Sampad Ray ... assistant camera: second unit (as Sampat Roy)
Narsimha Reddy ... assistant camera
Raj Reddy ... assistant camera
Hardeep Singh Sachdev ... still photographer
Kamlesh Sadrani ... lighting technician
Ashu Solanki ... assistant camera
Subramanium ... spot boy
Baban Ganpath Tambe ... lighting technician (as Baban Tambe)
Lalit Tiwari ... assistant still photographer
Nagesh S. Vagade ... lighting technician
Barkhat M. Zaria ... lighting technician (as Barkat Zaria)

Casting Department

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Ashutosh Gowariker ... casting: Indians
Dinesh Anchan ... casting associate (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Sayed A. Aziz ... dressman
Seikh Shakil Aziz ... dressman
Shabbir Baig ... dressman
Shashikant Dhavan ... dressman
Rekha Mondal ... wardrobe in charge
Sayed Raju ... dressman
M.D. Sanaullah ... dressman
Shakti Siddhu ... wardrobe in charge
Kashinath Sutraye ... dressman

Music Department

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Asha Bhosle ... playback singer (as Asha Bhonsle)
Vasundhara Das ... playback singer
Kishori Gowariker ... playback singer
Noell James ... music coordinator
Shankar Mahadevan ... playback singer
Lata Mangeshkar ... playback singer
Udit Narayan ... playback singer
A.R. Rahman ... playback singer
Sadhana Sargam ... playback singer
Shaan ... playback singer
Sukhwinder Singh ... playback singer (as Sukhvinder Singh)
S. Sivakumar ... song recordist
H. Sridhar ... song recordist
Srinivas ... playback singer
Anuradha Sriram ... playback singer
Vaishali ... playback singer
Alka Yagnik ... playback singer

Transportation Department

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Komal Bhatti ... travel and transportation: Ashapura Tours and Travels
Naresh Gyani ... travel and transportation: Krishna Internationals

Other crew

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Nabeel Abbas ... media consultant / web site designer
Abdul ... office boy
Adinath ... office boy
Richa Arya ... Bhuj artiste
Sarla Arya ... Bhuj artiste
Raja Awasthi ... dialect supervisor: on location
Satyajit Bhatkal ... production executive
Baby Neha Bhatt ... Bhuj artiste
Gaurav Bhatt ... Bhuj artiste
Meera Bhatt ... Bhuj artiste
Nitin Bhatt ... Bhuj artiste
Ritu Bhatt ... Bhuj artiste
Baskar Bhuch ... Bhuj artiste
Baby Dhara Bijlani ... Bhuj artiste
Suresh Bijlani ... Bhuj artiste
Jakraj Boha ... Bhuj artiste
Simrit Brar ... publicity design and printing
Bipin Budhbhati ... Bhuj artiste
Paresh Budhbhati ... Bhuj artiste
Husaini Budhwani ... web site designer
Gaurav Chanana ... studio assistant (as Gaurav)
Mamta Chauhan ... Bhuj artiste
Chinna ... assistant choreographer
L.L. Chinyara ... Bhuj artiste
Sanjeev Chopra ... accountant
Christopher ... through MAPS Bangalore
Kumar Dave ... associate director
Gautham ... production assistant
Georgé ... through MAPS Bangalore
Gokul ... office boy
Atul Gor ... Bhuj artiste
Adrian Grew ... through MAPS Bangalore
Rajesh Grover ... web site designer
Jayesh Hathi ... Bhuj artiste
Kirti Hathi ... Bhuj artiste
Ganesh Hegde ... choreographer: "Mitwa"
Faisal Hindustani ... web site designer
Imam Husain ... accountant
Niranjan Iyengar ... web site copy
Jayanti Lal Jethi ... Bhuj artiste
Dinkar Jhala ... Bhuj artiste
Pankaj Jhala ... local artiste coordinator
Pankash Jhala ... Bhuj artiste
Master Sagar Joshi ... Bhuj artiste
Pradeep Joshi ... Bhuj artiste
Suryanarayanan K.M. ... chief technical engineer
Ujjwala Kadam ... web site designer
C.D. Karamshiani ... Bhuj artiste
Nuzhat Khan ... subtitling assistant: NFDC
Raju Khan ... choreographer: "Ghanan, Chale Chalo, O Paalanhaare"
Reshma Khan ... assistant choreographer
Saroj Khan ... choreographer: "Radha Kaise Na Jale"
Shaheen Khan ... accountant
Maliaka Kirtikar ... accountant
Krishnan ... production assistant
Kumar ... studio assistant
Hassan Kutty ... continuity / script supervisor
Terence Lewis ... choreographer: "Waltz for a Romance"
Mabel ... assistant choreographer
Dinesh Maheshwari ... Bhuj artiste
Nanaso Mane ... web site designer
Kamalji Maru ... Bhuj artiste
Usha Maru ... Bhuj artiste
Mehul ... assistant choreographer
Alnoor Merchant ... web site designer
Vaibhavi Merchant ... choreographer: "O Rey Chhori"
Sadruddin Jiva Mistry ... generator department (as Saddrudin Jiva Mistri)
Noor Mohamed ... technical assistant
Janakiraman P. ... technical coordination and disc mastering
Binny Padda ... promos
Paras ... generator department
Kishan Poruva ... generator department (as Kishan)
Rajesh ... office boy
Ramchandra ... accountant (as Ramachandran)
Dhruti Rana ... Bhuj artiste
Samrudhi Rana ... Bhuj artiste
Seema Rana ... Bhuj artiste
B. Shrinivas Rao ... chief executive production
Maithili Rao ... subtitling: NFDC
Rajendra Rao ... public relations officer: print media
Ronit Roy ... security officer
Samidurai ... studio assistant in charge
Clemintina Santos ... production assistant
Sathyamoorthy ... production assistant
K. Satish ... technical coordination and disc mastering (as Satish K.)
Amin Sayani ... radio promotions (as Ameen Sayani)
Devang Shah ... web site designer
Kalpana Shah ... assistant choreographer
Shakti ... office boy
Anand Sharma ... Bhuj artiste / local artiste coordinator
Geeta Sharma ... Bhuj artiste
Master Sampan Sharma ... Bhuj artiste
Vikas Sharma ... assistant choreographer
Himanshu Sheth ... television publicity coordinator (as Hemanshu Seth)
Prakash Shukla ... Bhuj artiste
Vinod Kumar Singh ... censor: PRO
Hansa Soni ... Bhuj artiste
Ramesh Sonpal ... Bhuj artiste
Manoj Sonpar ... Bhuj artiste
Rajeev Soorti ... assistant choreographer
Subhash ... office boy
Arvind Thakar ... Bhuj artiste
Hency Thakar ... Bhuj artiste
Jigna Thakar ... Bhuj artiste
Robin Thakar ... Bhuj artiste
Ashish Tharthare ... production executive
Jhelum Tripathi ... Bhuj artiste
Nidhi Tripathi ... Bhuj artiste
Baby Brinda Trivedi ... Bhuj artiste
Girish Trivedi ... Bhuj artiste
Master Samarth Trivedi ... Bhuj artiste
Raju Udhasi ... Bhuj artiste
Unnikrishnan ... production assistant
C.B. Wadhwa ... legal consultant
Baba Yadav ... assistant choreographer (as Baba)
Mohamed Yousuff ... studio assistant
Vikash Verma ... adviser (uncredited)

Thanks

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Dhanabhai Ramji Ahir ... thanks
Amitabh Bachchan ... thanks (as Shri Amitabh Bachchan)
Bharat Chotani ... thanks
Maharao Pragmulji III ... thanks
G. Rao ... thanks (as Dr. G. Rao)
Nikhil Shah ... thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines Once upon a time in India See more »
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Also Known As
  • Lagaan (India, Hindi title)
  • Land Tax (World-wide, English title)
  • Lagaan (France)
  • Lagaan - Es war einmal in Indien (Germany)
  • Lagaan: Érase una vez en la India (Spain)
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Runtime
  • 224 min
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Budget $6,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia The first cut of the film was 7 hours and 30 minutes long. See more »
Goofs SPOILER. Every time British soldiers go past on horseback, the Union flag carried by one of them is always upside down. As an internationally recognized distress signal, it's an unconscious revealing of the result of the cricket match. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The 74th Annual Academy Awards (2002). See more »
Soundtracks Ghanan Ghanan See more »
Quotes [Gauri is walking away in tears, Bhuvan shouts after her]
Bhuvan: Hey Gauri! There's only one house in the village with a neem tree in the yard. There's also a big field beside it. There's some chickens, two cows, and three goats. And I know whose house that is! It's mine, you silly girl! One thing before you go. Mother likes you, too!
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