• 5/5

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!