27 September, 2020

9. Lagaan - 2001

Director: Ashutosh Gowariker; Stars: Aamir Khan, Gracy Singh, Rachel Shelley, Paul Blackthorne and a Village

9. Lagaan - 2001
  • While Lagaan is the 4th Hindi film about cricket, there’s been only one English film on the game: The Final Test (1953), with Jack Warner and Robert Morley.

  • The building the film team had rented in Bhuj was decimated in the Gujarat quake

  • Aamir Khan refused to act in Lagaan when Gowariker first approached him with the script. But after it was reworked, Khan decided to produce it himself.

  • The cast had 150 actors from local theatre groups in and around Bhuj

It takes a village to make a film like this. Lagaan was a gust of fresh air. Never mind that here was a three-hour forty-minute film coming straight from the barren Kutch landscape. Never mind that the story premise was decidedly odd, hinging on a cricket match between simple villagers and British colonials. Never mind that it’s an imaginative desi take on Asterix and his fellow Gauls taking on the world-conquering Romans. Never mind that it had a hint of the black-and-white classic, B.R. Chopra’s Naya Daur, in which...


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