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लगान (2001)

After a long time I was satisfied watching a Hindi Movie and enjoying it thoroughly, this movie has surely created history. Usually when I do go to the theatre to watch a Hindi movie. I leave my brains outside the theatre, and well get ready to get entertained, in the filmy way.
Lagaan has gone off to a great start. Hopefully he can produce more and more of movies like Lagaan. Well I must say I was very impressed by the way the story of the movie progressed. Believe me, my friends were laughing when they heard that the movie was about a cricket match but my friends could not help but applaud the way the movie was made, each viewer had a look of satisfaction on his/her face. That says a lot about the movie.
The story does not sound extraordinary, but it is the way it is handled is what makes the movie fantastic!! Let's get to the story.
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Lagaan(Tax) is an Indian movie directed by Ashutosh Gowariker. The real life story tells about the struggle faced by the indian peasant farmers and how a young strong men Mohun Bagan stood up to challange the British against their own game of cricket for a reduction in taxes. The film talks about unity and integrity, where indian's join to fight against the inequalities faced in the 20th century with a game of cricket.
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Lagaan is one of the best sport drama movies of bollywood, also it was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The film is set in a small village during the height of British empire in India. The villagers witnessed a cricket match when a British officer offered to cancel the taxes of the whole province for three years if the villagers can beat his men in a game of cricket. It is a #mustWatch movie.
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This was my first Bollywood film I ever watched - renting it on DVD from Netflix years ago because of its Oscar nomination.

Finally, I was able to watch it again. I purchased it from India, not realizing the disc was PAL format. Tried several things, and finally bought an inexpensive region free DVD Player, yes, just to watch this movie again.

It was worth it. It's just as wondrous as I remembered -- and just as bloody long. You certainly feel like you've lived through three days of cricket playing.

The soundtrack is one of A R Rahman's absolute best. Aamir Khan is completely in his prime and just fantastic in this. The story of a group of villagers agreeing to an arrogant British soldier's wager to play a cricket max or pay triple their yearly tax (Lagaan) is gripping even at the extended length. I watched it over two nights this time. Even though I don't understand cricket, you are always caught up in the tension of the game. One of the best sports movies I've ever seen.

My perspective has changed in the over a decade since I first saw it. I know recognize that deep narrator's voice as Amitabh Bachchan, and know many of the supporting players from other movies.

This is a movie everyone should watch at least once in their life. One of the all time greats. Aamir, for the love of all that is holy, release it on Blu-ray for the 15 year anniversary!
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A film by Ashutosh Gowariker starring Amir Khan as a villager named Bhuvan. The film is set in the period of India's colonial British Raj. The story revolves around a small village whose inhabitants, oppressed by high taxes, find themselves in an extraordinary situation as an arrogant officer challenges them to a game of cricket as wager to avoid taxes. The villagers now face an arduous task of learning the alien game and play for a result that can change their destiny.
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Lagaan is a movie which you will always love to watch
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