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Directed by Ashutosh Gowariker

India 2001 225 mins. In Hindi

At the height of the British Raj (colonial rule) in the district of Champaner, extreme drought forces a poor village to appeal to the local governor for relief from their high taxes (“lagaan”). When the handsome young villager Bhuvan insults the commanding officer of the cantonment, the village is offered a wager: beat the British officers in a game of cricket and enjoy three years free of tax—or lose, and pay triple tax. Nominated for the 2002 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and featuring an exuberant soundtrack from renowned composer A.R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire), Lagaan is a timeless, endlessly entertaining fable—not to mention the best epic-sports-movie-musical-romance you’ll ever see (no previous knowledge of cricket required). “The answer to those who ask why they don’t make movies like they used to: They do, but in India.”—Jami Bernard, New York Daily News.

Rights and Blu-Ray provided by Aamir Khan Productions.

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Read Roger Ebert’s review of Lagaan



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