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Title
Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India
Director
Ashutosh Gowariker
Actors
Aamir Khan, Gracy Singh, Rachel Shelley, Paul Blackthorne, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Rajendranath Zutshi, Rajesh Vivek, Yashpal Sharma, Amin Hajee, Aditya Lakhia, Akhilendra Mishra, Rajendra Gupta, Shri Vallabh Vyas, Raghuvir Yadav, Javed Khan, A.K. Hangal, Anupam Shyam, John Rowe, Jeremy Child, Howard Lee, Pradeep Ram Singh Rawat, David Gant, Amitabh Bachchan, Ben Nealon, Suhasini Mulay, Daya Shankar Pandey, Raja Awasthi, Amin Gazi, Pramatesh Mehta, Chris England, Simon Holmes, Jon House
Runtime
3 h 44 min
Release Date
15 June 2001
Genres
Adventure, Drama, Music, Romance
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Overview
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 the lagaan threefold, unless the villagers can beat his men at a game of cricket, in which case he'll lift taxes on the entire province for a period of three years. Bhuvan accepts the challenge, but there's a problem -- no one in Champaner knows how to play cricket. A band of misfits come to the rescue, coached by Russell's soft-hearted sister Elizabeth (Rachel Shelley), and the race is on to be ready in three months' time. An epic reworking of Victory with eye-popping song-and-dance routines.