Lagaan (2001)

 ●  Hindi ● 3 hrs 44 mins

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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 If Bhuvan and his men can defeat Russell's team, the tax will be repealed.
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Cast: Aamir Khan, Gracy Singh

Crew: Ashutosh Gowariker (Director), Anil Mehta (Director of Photography), AR Rahman (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Adventure, Drama, Musical, Romance

Release Dates: 15 Jun 2001 (India)

Tagline: Once upon a time in India

Hindi Name: लगान

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Did you know? Ameesha Patel auditioned for the role of Gauri. Read More
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as Bhuvan
as Gauri
as Kachra
as Flynn
as Tipu
as Bagha
as Narrator
as Jigni
as Namdeo
as Shambukaka
as Benson
as Lt. Smith
as Kazi
as Yardley
as Maj. Warren
as Burton
as Wesson
as Ram Singh
as Maj. Cotton
as Col. Boyer
as North
as Rajah Puran Singh
as Harrisson
as Kesarya
as Captain Andrew Russell
as Harikaka
as Elizabeth Russell
as Bhura
as Ramprasad
as Mukhiya
as Guran
as Willis
as Ishwar
as Brooks
as Yashodamaia
as Lakha

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Dialogue Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography

Art

Production Designer
Assistant Art Director

Casting

Casting Director

Choreography

Costume and Wardrobe

Costume Designer

Editorial

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Makeup Artist
Assistant Makeup Artist

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Stunt Director
Stunt Coordinator Assistant

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Special Thanks
Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
Hindi
Spoken Languages:
Awadhi, English, Urdu
Colour Info:
Color
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital, DTS
Camera:
ARRIFLEX 535
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
Tracklist
Music Label: Sony Music Entertainment
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06:47
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Javed Akhtar
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05:34
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Javed Akhtar
04 
05:59
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Javed Akhtar
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06:40
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Javed Akhtar
Playback Singer: AR Rahman, Srinivas
06 
02:29
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Javed Akhtar
07 
05:18
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Javed Akhtar
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04:12
Taglines:
Once upon a time in India
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Goofs:
Miscellaneous
Approximately 13:27 into the movie, in the background there appears to be orange plastic fencing.

Character Error
Every time British soldiers go past on horseback, the Union flag carried by one of them is always upside down. As an internationally recognized distress signal, it's an unconscious revealing of the result of the cricket match.

Continuity
Every time British soldiers go past on horseback, the Union flag carried by one of them is always upside down. As an internationally recognized distress signal, it's an unconscious revealing of the result of the cricket match.

Continuity
After the first day's play, the direction of light-and-shade don't seem to correlate to the time-of-day (may be this is continuity?)

Continuity
When Kachra takes his first wicket he hits the OFF Stump. Later in the next scene it shows that he hit the MIDDLE stump and the OFF Stump is not at all moved.

Miscellaneous
When they get to the last over, someone says they need 10 runs off 6 balls - but in those days there would have been 4 or 5 balls to an over.

Miscellaneous
When the cricket match scene is being shot, and Ismail got out as Tipu was run-out by the bowler, there is actual an omission of 1 ball. In a game of cricket, which is driven till last ball, calculation of 1 ball less is a major plot hole.

Miscellaneous
When Gauri is singing alone at the end of "Radha Kaise Na Jale", she inhales while singing.
Trivia:
Aamir Khan got his ears pierced so that he could actually wear earrings specially for this movie.

The first Bollywood production in 30 years to use synchronized sound. An Arri535 camera, brought over from Germany, was used to facilitate sync-sound recording. Most Indian films are dubbed entirely in the studio in the process known as ADR.

The first Bollywood production in 30 years to use synchronized sound. An Arri535 camera, brought over from Germany, was used to facilitate sync-sound recording. Most Indian films are dubbed entirely in the studio in the process known as ADR.

'Lagaan' has many parallels with 'Bhuvan Shome,' a path breaking Hindi movie that was released in 1969. Amitabh Bachchan is the narrator in both the movies. The hero and heroine's name are the same, Bhuvan and Gauri. Suhasini Mulay who played the heroine in Bhuvan Shome, played the hero's mother in Lagaan. Both movies were shot in Gujarat.

Ameesha Patel auditioned for the role of Gauri.

During the final cricket match, one of the British players, Smith, gets run out. As the actor ran back to the crease he fell, landing on his cricket bat and dislocating his left shoulder.

The village shown in the film is titled Champaneer, which is supposed to be located in Madhya Pradesh. This is a fictitious place, but there is a place called Champaneer near Vadodara that is now a World Heritage Site. Coincidently, Vadodara and Bhuj, where the film was shot, are in the same state of Gujarat.

Abhishek Bachchan was offered a role in the film, but he turned it down.

Model turned actress Sonali Bendre was interested in playing "Gauri" but Aamir Khan rejected her, felt that she looked much like a Westerner.