LAGAAN celebrated its 15 year of success

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Lagaan began as a dream, a nebulous dreamer dreamt for the first time as far back as 1996 by a man called Ashutosh Gowariker. On June 15th LAGAAN celebrated its 15 years of success.

Directed byAshutosh Gowariker
Produced byAamir Khan
Mansoor Khan
Written byK.P. Saxena
(Hindi Dialogue)
Ashutosh Gowariker
(English Dialogue)
Screenplay byAshutosh Gowariker
Abbas Tyrewala
Sanjay Daima
Story byAshutosh Gowariker
  • Aamir Khan
  • Gracy Singh
  • Rachel Shelley
  • Paul Blackthorne
Narrated byAmitabh Bachchan
Music byA. R. Rahman
CinematographyAnil Mehta
Edited byBallu Saluja
Aamir Khan Productions
Distributed bySony Entertainment Television (India)
Release dates

15 June 2001

Running time
224 minutes
Budget₹250 million(US$3.7 million)
Box office₹700 million(US$10 million)
(worldwide gross)

07may_bollywood-firangi01 LAGAAN-ONCE UPON A TIME IN INDIA Bollywood Entertainment   Ohbly.comThe story is 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.

01amir-khan-in-lagan01-300x193 LAGAAN-ONCE UPON A TIME IN INDIA Bollywood Entertainment 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 is a big time hit not only in Bollywood but also a worldwide .

accolades received by Lagaan


Apart from the above mentioned awards encomiums were showered by other ways to :-

  • A Bharat Ratna was awarded to Aamir Khan and the status of a ‘national film’ was given to Lagaan”
  • Lagaan was also nominated for the best foreign language film
  • Laggan was also nominated OSCARS marking INDIAS official entry to the 2002 Oscars


Indians mourn Oscar miss

There is disappointment in India after a much hyped Bollywood movie failed to lift an Oscar at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Lagaan was among the five nominations for best foreign language film. It was the third Indian film to receive a nomination and would have been the first to scoop the prestigious award. But some Bollywood film makers and fans see a silver lining to the cloud. They are proud of the nomination and hope the movie will inspire film makers in the country.

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New hope.
“Certainly we were disappointed”, said Lagaan’s producer and star, Amir Khan. “But the thing that really kept us in our spirits was that the entire country was behind us”, Mr Khan told the BBC. Mr Khan said he was content with Lagaan’s Oscar nomination. “Indian films will now get world-wide exposure”, he said The film’s lyricist, Javed Akhtar, shared his disappointment. He said there were five films in the category, “but only one had to win and four had to lose.”

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“Lagaan will now push producers to make good films”, Mr Akhtar said.                                But some Bollywood enthusiasts criticised the ceremony. Film maker Mahesh Bhatt said the American film industry was insular and the foreign category awards were given just for the sake of it. “They invite foreign films to show that they have interest in other films but this is not true”, he told the BBC. Some Bollywood fans said it was time the industry took a fresh look at Indian film making.“Routine Hindi films with song and dance sequences around the trees should stop now”, said Arvind Sharma, a businessman. ”Quality movies must be made so that more Indian films like Lagaan can make it to the top of films in the world”, he said.A shop owner in Delhi said Lagaan could not win an Oscar “but I feel this film has won it as far as Indians are concerned.                                      

BBC World Service dated Monday March 25, 2002