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      Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India

      PG Released May 10, 2002 3 hr. 43 min. Romance History Drama List
      95% 64 Reviews Tomatometer 93% 10,000+ Ratings Audience Score The year is 1893 and India is under British occupation. In a small village, the tyrannical Captain Russell (Paul Blackthorne) has imposed an unprecedented land tax on its citizens. Outraged, Bhuvan (Aamir Khan), a rebellious farmer, rallies the villagers to publicly oppose the tax. Russell offers a novel way to settle the dispute: he challenges Bhuvan and his men to a game of cricket, a sport completely foreign to India. If Bhuvan and his men can defeat Russell's team, the tax will be repealed. Read More Read Less

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      Lagaan is lavish, rousing entertainment in the old-fashioned tradition of Hollywood musicals.

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      Avant S This has to be one of the best sports movie! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 04/14/24 Full Review Yuvraj C In my opinion this film changed the way films were being made in the mainstream bollywood and credit must go to Ashutosh Gowariker and Aamir Khan. At 3 hours 40 minutes film feels bit of stretch but it is entertaining all around with no dull moment. All the performance are top notch. And score from AR Rahman is a cherry on the top. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 11/13/23 Full Review Yatik K The climax was an easy 11/10, but the buildup to it was way too boring and dragged out. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 11/27/23 Full Review Leaburn O This film is average 🤏 Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/11/23 Full Review Nora S Music that you can sing all day, romance, politics, friendship, excitement. And then- the dancing!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/01/23 Full Review SaChi B Watched the movie first time and was on my feet whole time while the game of cricket was going. Truly amazing portrayal of underdog team winning there dream of life. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 12/20/22 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Shubhra Gupta The Indian Express A bunch of rag-tag villagers beat the English in a game of cricket in Ashutosh Gowariker's sprawling epic which changed the way Hindi movies were made. Aug 17, 2021 Full Review Derek Elley Variety An involving, easily digestible hunk of pure entertainment that could be the trigger for Bollywood's long-awaited crossover to non-ethnic markets. Jul 24, 2008 Full Review Mark Peranson Chicago Reader Few recent American musicals are this fluid or engaging. Mar 26, 2007 Full Review Sakhi Thirani Common Sense Media Deviating starkly from Bollywood's usual production of romantic dramas that reigned dominant during the 2000s, this period piece is a landmark film in Indian cinema that captivates with epic storytelling, electric dialogue, and intense action. Rated: 4/5 Oct 26, 2023 Full Review Katherine Singh Refinery29 The movie is a must-watch for the very fact that it covers a period of time not often seen in films, and — albeit in a roundabout way — addresses the inequality of colonial rule in India. Oct 4, 2022 Full Review Film Companion Staff Film Companion One of Hindi cinema's greatest underdog tales, a powerful script, impressive execution and an unforgettable soundtrack from A R Rahman... Oct 27, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis The year is 1893 and India is under British occupation. In a small village, the tyrannical Captain Russell (Paul Blackthorne) has imposed an unprecedented land tax on its citizens. Outraged, Bhuvan (Aamir Khan), a rebellious farmer, rallies the villagers to publicly oppose the tax. Russell offers a novel way to settle the dispute: he challenges Bhuvan and his men to a game of cricket, a sport completely foreign to India. If Bhuvan and his men can defeat Russell's team, the tax will be repealed.
      Director
      Ashutosh Gowariker
      Screenwriter
      Ashutosh Gowariker, Ashutosh Gowariker
      Distributor
      Sony Pictures Classics
      Rating
      PG (Some Violence|Language)
      Genre
      Romance, History, Drama
      Original Language
      Hindi
      Release Date (Theaters)
      May 10, 2002, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Dec 9, 2017
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $905.9K
      Sound Mix
      Dolby SR, Dolby A, DTS, Dolby Stereo, Dolby Digital
      Aspect Ratio
      Scope (2.35:1)
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