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Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)

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Release Date
 USA: Jun 15, 2001
 UK: 15 Jun 2001
DVD Release Date
 R1: Jan 22, 2002

Budget INR 250,000,000

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MPAA Rating
Rated PG for language and some violence.

Running Time
3 hours, 44 minutes

Country India

Production Companies
Aamir Khan Productions Ltd., Ashutosh Gowariker Productions Pvt. Ltd.

Studio Sony Pictures Classics

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• Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)
• Lagaan
• Land Tax

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Genre: Romance, Drama, Musical, Sports, Experimental, Love, Love Triangle

Tagline: Once upon a time in India

Plot: Considered to be a modern classic of Indian cinema, LAGAAN is a musical drama which tells the story of a central Indian farming village in 1893. The village waits for the monsoons to come and rain on its crops, but the ground remains dry and infertile. Meanwhile, British ruler Captain Russell (Paul Blackthorne) demands lagaan--or double normal taxes--from the villagers. When it becomes clear that they can't pay, Russell challenges the villagers to a game of cricket, a game they know nothing about. Teaching the villagers about the game falls on the shoulders of farmer Bhuvan (Aamir Khan). As they begin to learn, the villagers are inspired to go up against Russell, with tax negotiation as the stakes for the game. Full of choreographed musical numbers and climaxing in a pulse-pounding cricket match, LAGAAN is a fun, heartwarming British/Indian production that should have no difficulties translating across other national borders.

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 Directed by
Ashutosh Gowariker
Swades, Baazi, Pehla Nasha
 Written by
Sanjay Dayma
Ramji Londonwaley
Aamir Khan
Rang De Basanti, Do Your Thing, Earth
Gracy Singh
Munnabhai M.B.B.S., Gangaajal, Armaan
Rachel Shelley
The Bone Snatcher, The Calling, Photographing Fairies
Paul Blackthorne
Special, Four Corners of Suburbia
Suhasini Mulay
Do Your Thing, Page 3, Don't Say a Word
Kulbhushan Kharbanda
Monsoon Wedding, Earth, Fire
Raghuvir Yadav
Salaam Bombay!, Asoka, Earth
 Music By
A.R. Rahman
Rang De Basanti, Swades, Earth



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