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Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)

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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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Ashutosh Gowariker

Writers:

Ashutosh Gowariker (story), Ashutosh Gowariker (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aamir Khan ... Bhuvan
Gracy Singh ... Gauri
Rachel Shelley ... Elizabeth Russell
Paul Blackthorne ... Captain Andrew Russell
Suhasini Mulay ... Yashodamai
Kulbhushan Kharbanda ... Rajah Puran Singh
Raghuvir Yadav ... Bhura (as Raghuveer Yadav)
Rajendra Gupta ... Mukhiya
Rajesh Vivek ... Guran
Shri Vallabh Vyas ... Ishwar (as Sri Vallabh Vyas)
Javed Khan ... Ram Singh
Raj Zutshi ... Ismail
Akhilendra Mishra ... Arjan
Daya Shankar Pandey ... Goli
Yashpal Sharma ... Lakha
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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)

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Once upon a time in India


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi | English | Awadhi | Urdu

Release Date:

15 June 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Taxation: Once Upon a Time in India See more »

Filming Locations:

Bhuj, Gujarat, India

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$285,368, 17 June 2001

Gross USA:

$909,043

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,724,806
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

For the film crew, the most daunting task was Champaner itself. Says Desai, who has designed sets for other period films like "Devdas" and "1942: A Love Story": "Creating a village on barren land is a mammoth task, a different ball game from putting up sets in a studio." See more »

Goofs

When Ismail got out as Tipu was run-out by the bowler, there is actual an omission of 1 ball. Before that, they needed 30 runs off 18 balls, after which they take 2 runs in the next ball and then Tipu gets run out, but that ball shouldn't be counted as it wasn't bowled. See more »

Quotes

[Guran is coming in to bat]
British Team Member: Coming from the jungle?
[men laughing]
British Team Member 2: Make way!
[men laughing]
British Team Member: Don't get too close, Smithy!
[men laughing]
British Team Member 2: What on Earth is he doing?
Capt. Russell: This way, sir.
[men laughing]
[...]
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Connections

Spoofed in Pran Jaaye Par Shaan Na Jaaye (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Chale Chalo
Music by A.R. Rahman
Lyrics by Javed Akhtar
Performed by A.R. Rahman, Srinivas and chorus
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Lagaan Once Upon A Time In India
23 January 2003 | by gabriellasofiaSee all my reviews

This movie not only opened my eyes to the beatuies of india but also the hearts of India. I fell in love with this movie at once and I feel very close to all of the characters I know them and feel for them. The dancing and singing made my heart pound and my heart overwhelmed by the matchless beauty and I was imagining myself following along with Gauri. I love this story and I could watch it daily and never tire of the beauty it holds. I have always loved indian people and the culture which they live, I am American and have never visited India,soon I will visit in person and dreams of going there will no longer tug at me . I hope to one day perform the dances as well as those in the movie. I really loved that in the movie the characters were faced with such hardship but somehow they were of cheer and sang together and lifted one anothers spirits.I love this movie some may tire of its length but I wish it would continue forever. I want to be a part of it.


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