Lagaan: Once Upon a Time In India ()

directed by Ashutosh Gowariker
featuring Aamir Khan, Gracy Singh, Rachel Shelley, Paul Blackthorne, Suhasini Mulay

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One of the most expensive films ever to come out of Bollywood, Lagaan tells the tale of the Indian village Champaner, beset by drought and British colonialism in the year 1893. Without a drop of rain in months, the worried villagers of Champaner decide to ask the local authorities for a temporary repeal of their taxes -- the hated lagaan. Led by the heroic Bhuvan (Indian superstar Aamir Khan) they bring their plight to the military governor, Captain Russell (Paul Blackthorne). But the sadistic Russell threatens to raise ...

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UrbanHistoryTeacher

May 7, 2009

Great Epic of Imperial India

This is a wonderful film that portrays the relationship between the imperial power of Britain to its 'protectorate' of India. I show this film to my world history classes and it is a huge hit. I have 10th grade students in a urban high school watching intently a movie with subtitles and they are totally into every moment - even the songs! I would recommend this film for anyone that loves a good story, likes India, likes period movies or just wants to escape for a couple of hours

fiddler

Jan 19, 2009

Newer Classic

It's a brilliant work of art, I'd have to say. It combines the elements of dire poverty, simplicity of life, tyranny, ignorance, audacity, forbidden love, practicality, hope, and endurance in an epic and emotionally swaying movie about a poor Indian village under strict British rule.

I am a big Aamir Khan fan, excellent actor, and here's where he's at his best. He plays a bold villager who can't bear to see his people suffer... this year, with no rain, their crops cannot grow and they cannot pay their tax ("lagaan") to the British let alone feed themselves. He takes fate boldly and foolishly in his own hands, putting literally his entire village as well as other nearby village's lives in his hands. A stubborn mind indeed makes rash decisions on the spot.

Fate is to be determined by a game appreciated by the world (save for America)... cricket.

It's a wonderful movie. Long, but does not test your patience.

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