FB Recommendation: “Lagaan” (2001)


Let me remind you all of one thing: this is not a game we are playing for fun and entertainment – this is a fight we must win.

— Bhuvan

I first heard of Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India when it was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film for India. I saw the movie a year or two afterward. This is a 3 1/2 hour long movie that a variable poo-poo platter of genres. It mixes musical sequences with cricket matches, romance and drama.

This Ashutosh Gowariker vehicle deals with a bunch of villagers that are upset with the new taxes or lagaans. It takes place in the late 19th century where the British Empire ruled India. The villagers decide to oppose the new taxes. There is a makeshift leader named Bhuvan (Aamir Khan) that leads the rebellion.

The fate of the villagers is decided with a game of cricket. The problem is that Bhuvan has never played cricket in his life. He has a crash course in order to try to defeat the seasoned cricket players lead by Capt. Russell (Paul Blackthrone). Russell tries everything in his power to make sure that the villagers do not win the cricket game.

Besides, the lead guy Aamir Khan is easy of the eyes.

Judgment: Film buffs should enjoy this movie.

Rating: ****

About Branden

Branden: I am just your average movie nut that reviews films. Gives his take on pop culture and Hollywood happenings. Dreams to have his own thriving website and make a living doing what he is passionate about.

Posted on August 7, 2009, in 2001, Academy Award Nominee, Comedy, Drama, FB Recommendation, Foreign Language, Musical, Romantic, Sports and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. thanks for sharing FB Recommendation: “Lagaan” (2001)

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