Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001) Movie

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(Bollywood) India

Ratings / Votes
8.2/ 10 (22770 Votes)

MPAA Ratings
Rated PG for language and some violence

Production Company
Aamir Khan Productions [in]
Ashutosh Gowariker Productions Pvt. Ltd. [in]
Jhamu Sughand Productions [in] - (presented by)

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All Producers

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Release Date
(India) - 15 June 2001
(UK) - 15 June 2001
(USA) - 15 June 2001
(Kuwait) - 4 July 2001
(USA) - October 2001

Running Time

Once upon a time in India

1890s, 19th-century, against-the-odds, anti-caste-system, arrogance, based-on-supposedly-true-story, british, british-colonial, caste-system, colonialism, countryside, cricket-the-game, cripple, drought, fairplay, friendship, hindu, indian-pakistani, jealousy, land-tax, local-blockbuster, love-triangle, maharaja, muslim, opening-narration,

Technical Support
CAM:Arriflex 535, Arriscope Lenses
LAB:Rainbow Colour Lab, Ramoj Film City, India
MET:6132 m - (Germany)
OFM:35 mm - (Kodak)
PCS:Arriscope - (anamorphic)
PFM:35 mm
RAT:2.35 : 1

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Full Cast

  1. Awasthi, Raja as [Ramprasad] <25>
  2. Bachchan, Amitabh as [Narrator]
  3. Blackthorne, Paul as [Captain Andrew Russell] <4>
  4. Child, Jeremy (I) as [Maj. Cotton] <22>
  5. Coles, Jamie Whitby as [Wesson] <37>
  6. England, Chris as [Yardley] <31>
  7. Eves, Ray as [Willis] <34>
  8. Gant, David (I) as [Maj. Warren] <21>
  9. Gazi, Amin as [Tipu] <28>
  10. Gupta, Rajendra (I) as [Mukhiya] <8>
  11. Hajee, Amin as [Bagha] <17>
  12. Hangal, A.K. as [Shambukaka] <19>
  13. Hart, Barry (I) as [Benson] <38>
  14. Holmes, Simon (II) as [Brooks] <33>
  15. House, Jon (I) as [North] <35>
  16. Khan, Aamir as [Bhuvan] <1>
  17. Khan, Javed (I) as [Ram Singh] <11>
  18. Kharbanda, Kulbhushan as [Rajah Puran Singh] <6>
  19. Lakhia, Aditya as [Kachra] <18>
  20. Lee, Howard (I) as [Burton] <32>
  21. Mehta, Pramatesh as [Harikaka] <26>
  22. Mishra, Akhilendra as [Arjan] <13>
  23. Nealon, Ben (I) as [Lt. Smith] <23>
  24. Pandey, Daya Shankar as [Goli] <15>
  25. Patrick, Neil (I) as [Harrisson] <36>
  26. Rowe, John (I) as [Col. Boyer] <20>
  27. Sharma, Yashpal as [Lakha] <16>
  28. Shirtcliff, Alex as [Flynn] <39>
  29. Shyam, Anupam as [Namdeo] <24>
  30. Singh Rawat, Pradeep as (uncredited) [Sardar]
  31. Vakani, Bhim as [Kazi] <27>
  32. Vivek, Rajesh as [Guran] <9>
  33. Vyas, Shri Vallabh as (as Sri Vallabh Vyas) [Ishwar] <10>
  34. Yadav, Raghuvir as (as Raghuveer Yadav) [Bhura] <7>
  35. Zutshi, Rajendranath as (as Raj Zutshi) [Ismail] <12>
  36. Ansari, Anu as [Jigni] <29>
  37. Bano, Parveen as [Kesarya] <30>
  38. Mulay, Suhasini as [Yashodamai] <5>
  39. Shelley, Rachel as [Elizabeth Russell] <3>
  40. Singh, Gracy as [Gauri] <2>


  1. Drama
  2. Musical
  3. Romance
  4. Sport

Full Plot

This is the story about the resilience shown by the Indians when they were under the British Rule. They are already taxed to the bone by the British and their cronies, but when Jack Russell announces that he will double the Lagaan (tax) from all villagers, they decide to oppose it. Leading the villagers is a handsome young man named Bhuvan, who challenges them to a game of cricket, a game that is to be played by veteran British cricket players, versus villagers, including Bhuvan himself, who have never played this game before, and do not even know a bat from a piece of wood. As the challenge is accepted, the interest grows and attracts Indians from all over the region, as well as the British from all over the country - as everyone gathers to see the 'fair play' that the British will display against their counter-parts, who are aided by none other than the sister, Elizabeth, of Captain Rusell. Sumitra (corrected by Sonia) Sometime during latter half of the 19th century, a small village in North India is facing drought conditions. Captain Andrew Russell, the British captain of the nearby cantonment, demands double of the usual land tax (lagaan) from the villagers. When the villagers' representatives go to meet Captain Russell to discuss the situation, Capt. Russell challenges them to a game of cricket with his team after three months. A young villager Bhuvan accepts the challenge and starts to build his team of villagers for the showdown with their colonial rulers. Soumitra The rains have failed, and the people of a small Indian village in Victorian India hope that they will be excused from paying the crippling land tax that their British rulers have imposed. Instead, the capricious British officer in charge challenges them to a game of cricket, a game totally alien and unknown to them. If they win, they get their wish; if they lose, however, the increased tax burden will destroy their lives. The people are terrified, but one man thinks the challenge is worth staking their entire future on. Will he convince the villagers to give it their best shot? sd268 Circa late 1800s, India is ruled and governed by the British. A small rural town is asked to pay it's annual taxes to a British army captain. The Rajah of this town, Puran Singh, pleads before Captain Andrew Russell to reduce the levy as monsoons had not been adequate and as a result crops had suffered. But the Captain does not agree. Taking advantage of the simple-minded townspeople, he magnanimously makes a offer to play cricket with their team, if they win then there will no taxes levied, but if they lose then they will end up thrice the amount of taxes. The Rajah returns to confer with his subjects. A young man by the name of Bhuvan tells the Rajah that he will make up a team and that the Rajah should accept the Captain's challenge. The Rajah delightedly does so, much to the glee and amusement of the Captain. Then begins the task of selecting a team. Bhuvan finds this to be a real challenge, as no one has really played cricket, they do not even own a bat or a ball. The selection of the team is marred with problems as to religion and caste, with some men saying that they will never play in the same team with a person of a lower caste. Nevertheless, Bhuvan pushes on, and does manage to come up with eleven men. Then begins the practice, and Bhuvan finds an ally in Elizabeth Russell, Captain Russell's sister, who agrees to coach them on the sly. The team uses a large stick in place of a bat, and a round stone as a ball. Each player is assigned certain tasks, and the tension reverberates as the day of the actual match draws closer. News get around, and people from miles around flock to watch this match. They are joined by several senior ranking British Officers. This match now has become a prestige issue, and the British High Command makes it known that it not stand to lose face at any cost. Finally, the day arrives. The match begins. Bhuvan and the Rajah hope that they have covered all potholes, and hope for a miracle. But what the two had not banked on was treachery at the hands of one of their very own players, who had accepted a bribe from Captain Russell, to ensure that the Indian team loses. rAjOo ( In a small village of Champaner in North India in 1890s is a community of poor and innocent farmers who are happy plowing, sowing, praying for the rains and reaping their harvest. Part of this community are Bhuvan a young farmer and Gauri, his love. A spate of adversities strike them with the entry of a brute-like British army captain who challenges the locals to a cricket match. A dastardly character, he is planning, in the sly, to burden the villagers with a land tax (Lagaan). One of the conditions of the game is that the loser will pay the state the land tax. The captain knows that the villagers are ignorant of the game and its rules and therefore be beating retreat against his trained players. Although poor, the villagers are people of self-respect. Led by Bhuvan they are ready to take on the Britons despite their ignorance of the game. Now comes to their rescue the army captain's younger sister Elizabeth. Firstly Elizabeth helps the rustic lads purely out of sympathy for them but later she grows affection for Bhuvan. But Bhuvan is fixated on one thing. With grit and determination he and villagers stand together against the ruthlessness of their perpetrators. Faith and courage comes face to face with arrogance and ruthlessness and what follows is spectacular climax of showdown between Indians and Britons. Hariharan Plot not found

Total Business

AD: 6,293 (Netherlands) (31 December 2003) BT: USD 6,000,000 GR: USD 70,147 (USA) (16 June 2002) GR: USD 66,150 (USA) (9 June 2002) GR: USD 56,026 (USA) (2 June 2002) GR: USD 44,562 (USA) (27 May 2002) GR: USD 26,882 (USA) (19 May 2002) GR: USD 11,719 (USA) (12 May 2002) GR: USD 835,767 (USA) (8 July 2001) GR: USD 730,604 (USA) (1 July 2001) GR: USD 594,585 (USA) (24 June 2001) GR: USD 285,368 (USA) (17 June 2001) GR: GBP 500,666 (UK) (22 July 2001) GR: GBP 443,676 (UK) (15 July 2001) GR: GBP 366,684 (UK) (8 July 2001) GR: GBP 299,515 (UK) (1 July 2001) GR: GBP 210,494 (UK) (24 June 2001) GR: GBP 91,281 (UK) (17 June 2001) GR: INR 350,000,000 (India) (31 December 2001) GR: EUR 50,692 (Italy) (1 September 2002) GR: EUR 15,288 (Italy) (25 August 2002) OW: USD 10,736 (USA) (12 May 2002) (2 screens) OW: USD 285,368 (USA) (17 June 2001) (34 screens) OW: GBP 91,281 (UK) (17 June 2001) (24 screens) OW: EUR 15,028 (Italy) (25 August 2002) (8 screens) WG: USD 1,500 (USA) (16 June 2002) (1 screen) WG: USD 4,508 (USA) (9 June 2002) (3 screens) WG: USD 8,426 (USA) (2 June 2002) (5 screens) WG: USD 11,774 (USA) (27 May 2002) (3 screens) WG: USD 8,189 (USA) (19 May 2002) (3 screens) WG: USD 10,736 (USA) (12 May 2002) (2 screens) WG: USD 35,836 (USA) (8 July 2001) (28 screens) WG: USD 115,468 (USA) (1 July 2001) (28 screens) WG: USD 238,148 (USA) (24 June 2001) (34 screens) WG: USD 285,368 (USA) (17 June 2001) (34 screens) WG: GBP 36,357 (UK) (22 July 2001) (23 screens) WG: GBP 43,324 (UK) (15 July 2001) (24 screens) WG: GBP 43,939 (UK) (8 July 2001) (25 screens) WG: GBP 53,137 (UK) (1 July 2001) (25 screens) WG: GBP 70,543 (UK) (24 June 2001) (23 screens) WG: GBP 91,281 (UK) (17 June 2001) (24 screens) WG: EUR 21,140 (Italy) (1 September 2002) (12 screens)

Movie Certificate

Atp (Argentina)
PG (Australia)
F (Canada)(Ontario)
G (Canada)(Quťbec)
PG (Canada)(Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Nova Scotia)
K-11 (Finland)
6 (Germany)
AL (Netherlands)
7 (Norway)
PG (Singapore)
T (Spain)
7 (Sweden)
10 (Switzerland)(canton of Geneva)
14 (Switzerland)(canton of the Grisons)

Music Composers

  1. Rahman, A.R.


  1. Mehta, Anil (I)

Dress Designers

  1. Athaiya, Bhanu


B4U Entertainment [in]
Cinema Mondo [fi] - (2002) (Finland) (theatrical)
Columbia TriStar Film [de] - (Germany)
Columbia TriStar Films de Argentina [ar] - (2002) (Argentina) (all media)
Columbia TriStar Home Video [us] - (2002) (USA) (video)
Eros International [in]
Filmfreak Distributie [nl] - (2003) (Netherlands) (video)
Filmmuseum Distributie [nl] - (2003) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
Keyfilms Roma [it]
LK-TEL [ar] - (2002) (Argentina) (DVD)
LK-TEL [ar] - (2002) (Argentina) (VHS)
Rézo Films [fr] - (2002) (France) (theatrical)
STAR TV [in]
Sony Entertainment Television Asia [in]
Sony Pictures Classics [us] - (2002) (USA) (theatrical)

Film Editors

  1. Saluja, Ballu


  1. Abbas, Nabeel (media consultant)
  2. Abbas, Nabeel (web site designer)
  3. Abdul (I) (office boy)
  4. Adinath (office boy)
  5. Arya, Richa (Bhuj artiste)
  6. Arya, Sarla (Bhuj artiste)
  7. Awasthi, Raja (dialect supervisor: on location)
  8. Bhatkal, Satyajit (production executive)
  9. Bhatt, Baby Neha (Bhuj artiste)
  10. Bhatt, Gaurav (Bhuj artiste)
  11. Bhatt, Meera (Bhuj artiste)
  12. Bhatt, Nitin (Bhuj artiste)
  13. Bhatt, Ritu (Bhuj artiste)
  14. Bhuch, Baskar (Bhuj artiste)
  15. Bijlani, Baby Dhara (Bhuj artiste)
  16. Bijlani, Suresh (Bhuj artiste)
  17. Boha, Jakraj (Bhuj artiste)
  18. Brar, Simrit (publicity design and printing)
  19. Budhbhati, Bipin (Bhuj artiste)
  20. Budhbhati, Paresh (Bhuj artiste)
  21. Budhwani, Husaini (web site designer)
  22. Chanana, Gaurav (studio assistant) (as Gaurav)
  23. Chauhan, Mamta (I) (Bhuj artiste)
  24. Chinna (II) (assistant choreographer)
  25. Chinyara, L.L. (Bhuj artiste)
  26. Chopra, Sanjeev (accountant)
  27. Christopher (III) (through MAPS Bangalore)
  28. Dave, Kumar (associate director)
  29. Gautham (I) (production assistant)
  30. Georgé (II) (through MAPS Bangalore)
  31. Gokul (II) (office boy)
  32. Gor, Atul (Bhuj artiste)
  33. Grew, Adrian (through MAPS Bangalore)
  34. Grover, Rajesh (I) (web site designer)
  35. Hathi, Jayesh (Bhuj artiste)
  36. Hathi, Kirti (Bhuj artiste)
  37. Hegde, Ganesh (choreographer: "Mitwa")
  38. Hindustani, Faisal (web site designer)
  39. Husain, Imam (accountant)
  40. Iyengar, Niranjan (web site copy)
  41. Jethi, Jayanti Lal (Bhuj artiste)
  42. Jhala, Dinkar (Bhuj artiste)
  43. Jhala, Pankaj (local artiste coordinator)
  44. Jhala, Pankash (Bhuj artiste)
  45. Joshi, Master Sagar (Bhuj artiste)
  46. Joshi, Pradeep (Bhuj artiste)
  47. K.M., Suryanarayanan (chief technical engineer)
  48. Kadam, Ujjwala (web site designer)
  49. Karamshiani, C.D. (Bhuj artiste)
  50. Khan, Nuzhat (subtitling assistant: NFDC)
  51. Khan, Raju (choreographer: "Ghanan, Chale Chalo, O Paalanhaare")
  52. Khan, Reshma (assistant choreographer)
  53. Khan, Saroj (I) (choreographer: "Radha Kaise Na Jale")
  54. Khan, Shaheen (II) (accountant)
  55. Kirtikar, Maliaka (accountant)
  56. Krishnan (I) (production assistant)
  57. Kumar (IV) (studio assistant)
  58. Kutty, Hassan (continuity)
  59. Kutty, Hassan (script supervisor)
  60. Lewis, Terence (choreographer: "Waltz for a Romance")
  61. Mabel (II) (assistant choreographer)
  62. Maheshwari, Dinesh (Bhuj artiste)
  63. Mane, Nanaso (web site designer)
  64. Maru, Kamalji (Bhuj artiste)
  65. Maru, Usha (Bhuj artiste)
  66. Mehul (II) (assistant choreographer)
  67. Merchant, Alnoor (web site designer)
  68. Merchant, Vaibhavi (choreographer: "O Rey Chhori")
  69. Mistry, Sadruddin Jiva (generator department) (as Saddrudin Jiva Mistri)
  70. Mohamed, Noor (II) (technical assistant)
  71. P., Janakiraman (technical coordination and disc mastering)
  72. Padda, Binny (promos)
  73. Paras (III) (generator department)
  74. Poruva, Kishan (generator department) (as Kishan)
  75. Rajesh (III) (office boy)
  76. Ramchandra (II) (accountant) (as Ramachandran)
  77. Rana, Dhruti (Bhuj artiste)
  78. Rana, Samrudhi (Bhuj artiste)
  79. Rana, Seema (Bhuj artiste)
  80. Rao, B. Shrinivas (chief executive production)
  81. Rao, Maithili (subtitling: NFDC)
  82. Rao, Rajendra (public relations officer: print media)
  83. Roy, Ronit (II) (security officer)
  84. Samidurai (studio assistant in charge)
  85. Santos, Clemintina (production assistant)
  86. Sathyamoorthy (production assistant)
  87. Satish, K. (II) (technical coordination and disc mastering) (as Satish K.)
  88. Sayani, Amin (radio promotions) (as Ameen Sayani)
  89. Shah, Devang (I) (web site designer)
  90. Shah, Kalpana (assistant choreographer)
  91. Shakti (II) (office boy)
  92. Sharma, Anand (I) (Bhuj artiste)
  93. Sharma, Anand (I) (local artiste coordinator)
  94. Sharma, Geeta (I) (Bhuj artiste)
  95. Sharma, Master Sampan (Bhuj artiste)
  96. Sharma, Vikas (I) (assistant choreographer)
  97. Sheth, Himanshu (television publicity coordinator) (as Hemanshu Seth)
  98. Shukla, Prakash (Bhuj artiste)
  99. Singh, Vinod Kumar (censor: PRO)
  100. Soni, Hansa (Bhuj artiste)
  101. Sonpal, Ramesh (Bhuj artiste)
  102. Sonpar, Manoj (Bhuj artiste)
  103. Soorti, Rajeev (assistant choreographer)
  104. Subhash (II) (office boy)
  105. Thakar, Arvind (Bhuj artiste)
  106. Thakar, Hency (Bhuj artiste)
  107. Thakar, Jigna (Bhuj artiste)
  108. Thakar, Robin (Bhuj artiste)
  109. Tharthare, Ashish (production executive)
  110. Tripathi, Jhelum (Bhuj artiste)
  111. Tripathi, Nidhi (Bhuj artiste)
  112. Trivedi, Baby Brinda (Bhuj artiste)
  113. Trivedi, Girish (I) (Bhuj artiste)
  114. Trivedi, Master Samarth (Bhuj artiste)
  115. Udhasi, Raju (Bhuj artiste)
  116. Unnikrishnan (II) (production assistant)
  117. Wadhwa, C.B. (legal consultant)
  118. Yadav, Baba (assistant choreographer) (as Baba)
  119. Yousuff, Mohamed (studio assistant)


Col. Boyer: At ease, Captain. You know Major Cotton. That is Major Warren. Take a seat. Now, what is this we hear? That you have agreed to cancel the tax of the farmers in Champaner if they beat you in a game of cricket? Is this true? Capt. Russell: Yes, Colonel Boyer, sir, it is. Col. Boyer: What on earth do you think you're here for? To play games? Maj. Warren: Let me remind you that you are working here for Her Majesty, the Queen. Your job is to ensure the smooth running of your province. Capt. Russell: Pardon me, sir, but that's exactly what I'm doing. Maj. Cotton: I think we'll be the judge of that, Russell! We also understand that if you lose this so-called match, you will cancel their taxes for the next three years. Maj. Warren: Not just Champaner but the entire province. Capt. Russell: But they won't win. Maj. Warren: You're missing the whole bloody point! Do you realize, Captain Russell, that we could have on our hands a bloody situation where there'll be cricket matches happening all over the damn sub-continent in order to cancel the bloody tax? Capt. Russell: There is one thing you don't know. If they lose, which they will, they will have to pay the Queen three times the tax. Maj. Cotton: This is ridiculous! This OFFICER wants to make the government a bookie through which he can place his wagers! What'll you have us do next? Race horses? Col. Boyer: This is the most preposterous idea I have ever heard of! Now jolly well understand this: if you win, you will have had a narrow escape. But if you lose, YOU will pay the taxes for Champaner and the entire province OUT OF YOUR OWN POCKET! And then you'll be packed off to Central Africa! Is that clear? Capt. Russell: Yes, Sir! Col. Boyer: That'll be all. You may go. Gauri: I have faith in you and in your courage. Gauri: You think I don't see which way the Ganges is flowing? Bhuvan: Oh, pity me, I feel the pain of the scorpion's sting. You're jealous! Gauri: [gasps] Why should I be jealous? Jealousy is beneath me. Bhuvan: You're jealous, and I know who you're jealous of. Gauri: I never want to see you again, and don't even try and talk to me. Lakha: See how badly hurt I am? Gauri: Hurt? It's my father you need. Not me. Father? Lakha has cut his hand. Ishwar: He seems to cut his hand more than he cuts wood. Ramprasad: [choosing other team members] How about Kashi Nath? Bhura: Kashi Nath? If he runs, he'll split: Kashi one side, Nath the other! Burton: [smugly hits Yardley's ball for 4] How was that? Yardley: [bowls a fast ball, knocking Burton back onto his own wicket, sarcastically] How was *that*? Bhuvan: Whether you support me or not, Kachra will play. Maj. Warren: Gentleman, he's on a hat trick! Maj. Cotton: That must be the first 50 in the history of village cricket. Ishwar: Bhuvan, shame cannot enter eyes that are already open. Arjan: Bhura, these chickens of yours are a real pain. Gauri: Guran read my fortune today. Bhuvan: Really? What's the misfortune then? Gauri: So cruel? I won't tell you. Bhuvan: Oh come on. Gauri: He said I'll put henna on my hands this year - I mean get married. Bhuvan: That's great! Who's the lucky boy? Gauri: How would I know? But Guran did say that the house I marry into will have a neem tree in the yard. It will also have a big field beside it, some chickens, two cows, and three goats. What about you? Bhuvan: I'd have to marry someone my mother likes. Gauri: Someone your mother likes? [Gauri is walking away in tears, Bhuvan shouts after her] Bhuvan: Hey Gauri! There's only one house in the village with a neem tree in the yard. There's also a big field beside it. There's some chickens, two cows, and three goats. And I know whose house that is! It's mine, you silly girl! One thing before you go. Mother likes you, too! [the other villagers are refusing to let an untouchable join the team] Bhuvan: Let me remind you all of one thing: this is not a game we are playing for fun and entertainment - this is a fight we must win. [the other villagers are refusing to let Kachra, an untouchable, join the team] Bhuvan: Whether you support me or not, Kachra will play. Yashodamai: [to Bhuvan] You talk like your father. He was just as spirited; always spoke the truth. Capt. Russell: [arguing with Elizabeth] Despite my warnings, you continue to meet those bloody farmers, damn you! [Guran is coming in to bat] British Team Member: Coming from the jungle? [men laughing] British Team Member 2: Make way! [men laughing] British Team Member: Don't get too close, Smithy! [men laughing] British Team Member 2: What on Earth is he doing? Capt. Russell: This way, sir. [men laughing] Col. Boyer: What an extrodinary stance! It looks as if he's riding a horse! [Guran hits a six by hitting the ball twice] Col. Boyer: Well struck, sir! Capt. Russell: Umpire, he can't do that. It's not cricket. Bhuvan: Guran, hit the ball only once. Guran: Okay. Guran: [hits the ball DOWNWARDS while doing some leg movement] Hail Hanuman, the Mighty Ape! Rajah Puran Singh: THAT'S called Kicking The Horse! [men laughing] Col. Boyer: Indeed! [men laughing] [Russell comes back from his meeting with the senior soldiers, where they got mad about the tax cancellation, a soldier salutes and walks by... ] Capt. Russell: Is that the way a soldier behaves? You're SUPPOSED TO SALUTE when a superior officer passes! British Soldier: I did, Sir. Capt. Russell: I didn't see it! British Soldier: [Salutes] Capt. Russell: That's better. Lt. Smith: I imagine your meeting didn't go quite as expected, sir? Capt. Russell: Damn right it didn't! The senile old hats want to teach me how to run the show. They've lost their sense of adventure with age! [watching British play Cricket so they can learn, and they see the Umpire stick his finger up] Tipu: Why is he pointing up? Bhuvan: That's what I'M trying to understand. Guran: Maybe he's calling for his Ma. She's sitting up there, eh? [Laughing] Bhuvan: Where's Gauri? Jigni: She's gone. Bhuvan: Where? Why are you glaring at me like that? [Jigni walks off] What the hell have I done now? Bhuvan: [singing] Listen, O, my friend... what's this fear you have? This earth is ours and so is the sky... Goli: Will our dream ever come true? No, Bhuvan. It hurts too much to dream like that. Bhuvan: Have faith, Goli. He who has truth and courage in his heart shall win in the end. Rajah Puran Singh: Crush Captain Russell's impudence.

Other Titles

  1. Lagaan (2001) (ENG)
    (India: Hindi title) (short title)

  2. Land Tax (2001) (ENG)
    (International: English title) (informal literal title)

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. Bhuj, Gujarat, India


- 'Aamir Khan' (qv) got his ears pierced so that he could actually wear earrings.

- 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 movie was shot in villages of Bhuj (Gujarat). Bhuj was destroyed in an earthquake on 26th January 2001, six months after the movie was shot.

- Lagaan has many parallels with _Bhuvan Shome (1969)_ (qv). 'Amitabh Bachchan' (qv) is the narrator in both the movies. The hero and heroine's name are the same, Bhuvan and Gauri. 'Suhasini Mulay' (qv) who played the heroine in Bhuvan Shome, played the hero's mother in Lagaan. Both movies were shot in Gujarat.

- 'Ameesha Patel' (qv) 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