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  Lagaan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Lagaan, (लगान, meaning land tax in Hindi) (also known as Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India) is an award winning movie made in India, released on June 1, 2001 and nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film (the award actually went to No Man's Land that year).
Captain Andrew Russell (Paul Blackthorne), the vicious commanding officer of a British cantonment, oppresses the people of the region with high taxes (lagaan) while they are also suffering under an unusual droughtand wait for the monsoons to come and rain on its crops, but the ground remains dry and infertile.
Lagaan along with Dil Chahta Hai released later that year had a considerable impact on the Indian audiences who were plain tired of the stale formulaic films of old.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Lagaan   (867 words)

 Cricket, Lagaan, and Caste
Lagaan, which partakes of and perpetuates this folklore of cricket as universal social solvent, lends itself very eminently to a ‘casteist’ reading precisely because of its thematic inflections and its choice of things to celebrate and suppress.
Lagaan is like one of those many Hindu ‘puranas’, literally ‘stories of old’, which have scant regard for historicity, and which in fact revel in their ahistoricity.
Lagaan is one such purana of the new millennium, an accretion to the quintessentially brahmanic myth-making tradition.
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 BBC News | OSCARS 2002 | Lagaan breaks the mould
Lagaan (Taxes) - the first movie produced by one of India's hottest screen superstars, Aamir Khan - was released last week in cinemas across the country and is having a dream run at the box office.
Lagaan may have haunting melodies but unlike most Bollywood films, it's not just a song and dance extravaganza.
Lagaan was made at a cost of $7m, not a small amount by Bollywood standards.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/in_depth/entertainment/2002/oscars_2002/1408325.stm   (636 words)

 Lagaan V/s the rest of the world
Lagaan is the third film after Mehboob Khan's Mother India in the 1950's and Mira Nair's Salaam Bombay in 1988 to be ever nominated in the Best Foreign film category.
Lagaan is definitely a superior product in terms of quality than any average movie, which Bollywood churns out every friday.
Yes, Lagaan is lengthy, and it has a great deal to do with song and dance,yet the critics as well as common people have embraced it.
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 Lagaan - PittsburghLIVE.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
"Lagaan" also is the first of its kind to reach beyond theaters that specialize in Indian fare.
It was nominated earlier this year for the best foreign language film Oscar, albeit the weakest of the five nominees and inferior to some of the 46 contenders that were submitted and didn't make the final slate of five.
Americans understandably confounded by the rules of cricket are unlikely to learn as much as they need to from Elizabeth's explanation, which she waves off after just a few sentences.
pittsburghlive.com /x/.../entertainment/movies/reviews/s_90020.html   (770 words)

 Lagaan trivia all the way   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
It even returns to Bhuj — where Lagaan was shot — after the 2001 earthquake to revisit the building where the artistes had stayed during the shooting.
The film takes you from Aamir's initial reluctance to star in Lagaan to him finally agreeing not only to act in the movie, but also to produce it.
Lagaan was a all time great movie, I live in china,we never buy hindi movies, just take on rent, but laggan is the only hindi...
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Not only is Lagaan perfect in its performance and story line, not only is it a daring venture to produce, but it is also technically brilliant.
Lagaan is set in 1893, in the arid land of Awadh, where the British East Indian Company levy a tax on a bunch of hapless farmers, one which the farmers refuse to pay.
Lagaan, like Sholay or Mother India is a kind of film that gets made only once in a lifetime.
www.mtvindia.com /mtv/movies/reviews/lagaan   (761 words)

"Lagaan" means tribute, as in the payment to a feudal lord of a portion of a serf's harvest.
A half lagaan was collected the previous year not because of generosity, but because the drought simply made it impossible to collect the full amount.
When the villagers learn about the double lagaan, they organize a delegation to the Raj, led by Bhuvan, their young charismatic leader who is played to perfection by Aamir Khan, the film's producer and guiding spirit.
www.columbia.edu /~lnp3/mydocs/culture/lagaan.htm   (922 words)

 Lagaan on Asiangigs.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
As many of you go and watch Lagaan, enjoy it and experience it again and again, one thing is evident: how clearly this film has made an impact on Indian cinema.
So sit back and enjoy Lagaan once more but from the eyes of those behind the movie, and enjoy reading the tension-laced report which stated how well Lagaan needed to do to recover it's money which in itself is a big risk.
Lagaan needs all the publicity it can get, a point Shelley stresses when she says "I don't know whether most people will hear about it, but if they see a trailer or hear the music, I'm sure they'll want to see it".
www.asiangigs.com /sonylagaan.htm   (1105 words)

 BBC - Films - review - Lagaan (Tax)
The farmers of a small village in central India have been waiting for the evasive monsoons to rain on their dusty crops but to no avail.
The angry villagers confront their masters, only to be faced with the arrogant Russell who issues them with a challenge: a game of cricket.
"Lagaan" is anything but standard Bollywood fodder, and is the first must-see of the Indian summer.
www.bbc.co.uk /films/2001/06/18/lagaan_2001_review.shtml   (365 words)

 Lagaan   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Readily accessible despite its lengthy running time, Lagaan is a blend of recognizable genres and formulas – a downtrodden people’s epic struggle against Imperialist powers, a sports action movie, a romance, and like all Bollywood movies, a musical.
Lagaan is a throwback to the old fashioned adventure epic, and as a formula film, it is predictable every step of the way.
Despite the claims of Lagaan’s champions and the notice it has garnered in the West, Lagaan should not be mistaken for one of Bollywood’s all-time great movies.
www.culturevulture.net /Movies4/Lagaan.htm   (879 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: Lagaan [2001]: Video   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Lagaan is a must-see movie for anyone with an interest in Indian cinema or cinema beyond Hollywood.
Yet Lagaan was not only a huge hit domestically but was also only the third Indian film to ever be nominated for an Oscar in the foreign-language category, thanks to its outstanding performances, music and narrative.
Lagaan is one of the greatest movies of all time in my opinion.
www.amazon.co.uk /exec/obidos/ASIN/B00005Y42A   (538 words)

 Lagaan (2001): Aamir Khan, Gracy Singh, Rachel Shelley - PopMatters Film Review
In effect, Lagaan is a re-creation story -- an explanation not of how a people came into existence, but how they remained in existence by defeating tremendous obstacles, and becoming gods of their own destinies.
Spanning three months in 1893, Lagaan's re-creation mythos centers on the village of Champaner, which is controlled by a cantonment of British soldiers and their mustache-twirling Captain, Andrew Russell (Paul Blackthorne).
Every year the villagers are required to pay a lagaan, or land tax, to the soldiers; this year there has been no rain and little crop yield.
www.popmatters.com /film/reviews/l/lagaan.shtml   (1352 words)

 Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)
LAGAAN (4+ outta 5 stars) Years of subjugation and unfair taxation by the British Empire come to a head and the inhabitants of a small Indian farming community face off against their evil oppressors...
This may seem like a ridiculous idea for a movie (and I won't even mention the fact that it's a musical) but this was the most exciting and wonderful movie I've seen in quite some time.
www.imdb.com /title/tt0282674   (611 words)

 indya.com - CineMaa - Review of Lagaan   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
The price is the lagaan (tax), which the losing team has to pay up or the winning team, forfeit.
The deal is that if the villagers defeat the British, they will be pardoned lagaan for three consecutive years, but if they lose, they have to pay up three times the lagaan durng the same year.
Lagaan is Aamir's 25-crore dream, which took two years to complete.
cinemaa.indya.com /reviews/lagaan.html   (555 words)

After seeing Lagaan on many Bollywood’s “must-see” lists and hearing about its praise in general, I had a hard time trying to warm up to it.
Lagaan is at heart a good film but I really wonder how Aamir Khan and crew came up with the idea of combining a story on tax and cricket with a British versus Indian storyline.
The reason why Lagaan was unusually long even for a Bollywood film is that it covered a cricket match of the Brits versus Indians over a period of 3 days plus a quadra-love-angle, having simple villagers learn the British sport in 3 months, and some ethnic-religious conflicts/resolutions!
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 USATODAY.com - Hooray for Bollywood, and India's 'Lagaan'   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
The match takes up about an hour of Lagaan's 3-hour, 42-minute running time, but there is room for six song-and-dance numbers, two love triangles, religious rituals, political intrigue and many pleas for rain to quench the parched earth.
Lagaan, the most expensive Bollywood musical ever with a budget of nearly $6 million, opened in June and was the top-grossing film in India last year at $15 million.
Once India selected Lagaan as its Oscar entry, Khan and Lagaan's director, Ashutosh Gowariker, took it upon themselves to go to Los Angeles to spread the word to snare a nomination.
www.usatoday.com /life/movies/2002/2002-03-08-bollywood.htm   (725 words)

 eBay - Lagaan Reviews   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Considered to be a modern classic of Indian cinema, LAGAAN is a musical drama which tells the story of a central Indian farming village in 1893.
LAGAAN is a musical drama which tells the story of Bhuvan, a caring young farmer from central India, and of a Indian farming village in Victorian times and what they must go through in order to survive.
It ends up that the Captain will triple the lagaan if the villagers do not win a game of cricket, a game as foreign to them as it is to most Americans.
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 OFFOFFOFF film review LAGAAN Indian movie by Ashutosh Gowariker with Aamir Khan, Gracie Singh, Rachel Shelley, Paul ...
One Academy Award nomination later, we all know that "Lagaan" is a great movie, and since the current cultural moment is bonkers for Bollywood, it's getting written up all over the wicked New York cityscape.
Unfortunately, "Lagaan" is soft on story, just like Hollywood movies, but it's so long on running time that an accumulation of blippy details winds up making the two-dimensional characters feel well-rounded.
"Lagaan" is successful and coming to America because it's very mainstream and middle-of-the-road, only with more brio and musical numbers and great length, and cricket.
www.offoffoff.com /film/2002/lagaan.php3   (812 words)

 Shanghai Surprise: Lagaan in Chinese
Lagaan is the first Indian movie to be released in China nation-wide on a revenue-sharing basis.
Some 1,200 Chinese people who thronged the Shanghai film centre's multiplex theatre well ahead of the first show at 1930 hrs local time, were extremely happy at seeing a famous Indian movie at the local theatre, Consul General of India in Shanghai, Sujan R Chinoy said.
Joe Zhang, an official from CTFDI said Lagaan's release gave them a chance to reintroduce Indian culture to the Chinese people and rekindle their memories when Raj Kapoor's Awara was one of the most popular names to all Chinese.
www.expressindia.com /fullstory.php?newsid=17278   (301 words)

 Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2002): Reviews   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
The sunny, funny, toe-tapping Lagaan is the answer to those who ask why they don't make movies like they used to: They do, but in India.
By the time Lagaan climaxes with 90 minutes of remarkably riveting cricket, the stakes and the effects on the players have taken on a vivid clarity, and what might have started out as corny clichés have become the stuff of classic movie entertainment.
Neither pure masala musical nor pure masala meller, Lagaan is an involving, easily digestible hunk of pure entertainment that could be the trigger for Bollywood's long-awaited crossover to non-ethnic markets.
www.metacritic.com /video/titles/lagaan   (925 words)

 Lagaan - Toronto International Film Festival - MyBindi.com
Released in South Asian theatres many weeks ago, this Aamir Khan starrer, which also happens to be his debut production and tells the story of a Indian village fighting the British in 1893 through a game of cricket, was a part of the Toronto International Film Festival.
On Monday, 10th September, Lagaan played at the Varsity cinemas to a full house with an audience full of South Asians eager to see their favourite star, as well as some non-South Asians out to enjoy a good Bollywood flick.
He elaborated how Lagaan was a different film from mainstream Indian films.
www.mybindi.com /arts-entertainment/whatson/tiff-lagaan-review.cfm   (625 words)

Lagaan is a big, clunky "Bollywood" production (The Indian film industry produces huge numbers of films each year pandering to local commercial audiences.
The industry in general is often referred to as Bollywood.) Set in late nineteenth century India as the British Raj turns up the financial pressure in a Northwest province, raising the lagaan, which is the tithe they take from the villages to support the British government.
Lagaan depicts a rather absurd cricket match proposed by a British commander to determine whether or not langaan will be paid for the next several years.
www.filmsondisc.com /dvdpages/lagaan.htm   (583 words)

 The Hindu : Scoring sixers with every scene
He had said what mattered to him more than any award was the appreciation he gets from his fans, from the others who matter to him and his own assessment of his performance.
``Lagaan marks the advent of the Dalit in commercial cinema,'' Rajiv Menon said, after he spoke at length on his Sense and Sensibility inspired saga at the talk organised by FIPRSECI (Federation Internationale de la Press Cinematographique) at the British Council, recently.
Lagaan however, has all the makings of a classic.
www.hinduonnet.com /2001/06/29/stories/0929022j.htm   (637 words)

 Indiainfo.com -> News -> Public Opinion -> Reaction to Lagaan deserved to lose
Finally, I did hear that Lagaan producers and directors had camped in USA and had done reasonable amount of marketing and positioning.
It is quite sad that ' Lagaan', a brilliant movie that appealed to the classes and masses in India did not bag the Best Foreign Film Oscar.
It is an accomplishment that ' Lagaan' was nominated for the best foreign film category and Aamir along with Ashutosh put in a lot of hard work in ensuring that the film got maximum publicity in LA.
news.indiainfo.com /publicopinion/lagaan-brickbats.html   (1417 words)

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