|Directed by||Ashutosh Gowariker |
|Produced by||Aamir Khan|
|Story|| Ashutosh Gowariker |
|Narrated by||Amitabh Bachchan |
|Music by||A. R. Rahman |
|Production company||Aamir Khan Productions |
|Distributed by||Sony Entertainment Television (India) |
|Release dates||15 June 2001 |
|Running time||224 minutes|
|Language|| Hindi |
|Budget||₹250 million (US $3.7 million)|
|Box office||₹700 million (US $10 million) (worldwide gross)|
Lagaan (English: Taxation ) is a 2001 Indian epic sports -drama film written and directed by Ashutosh Gowariker. Aamir Khan, who was also the producer, stars with Gracy Singh in the lead roles; British actors Rachel Shelley and Paul Blackthorne play the supporting roles. Made on a then- unprecedented budget of ₹250 million (equivalent to ₹700 million or US $10 million in 2016), the film was shot in an ancient village near Bhuj, India.
The film is set in the Victorian period of India's colonial British Raj. The story revolves around a small village whose inhabitants, burdened by high taxes, find themselves in an extraordinary situation as an arrogant officer challenges them to a game of cricket as a wager to avoid the taxes. The narrative spins around this situation as the villagers face the arduous task of learning the alien game and playing for a result that will change their village's destiny.
Lagaan received critical acclaim and awards at international film festivals , as well as many Indian film awards. It became the third Indian film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film after Mother India (1957) and Salaam Bombay! (1988). It was one of the biggest box office hits of 2001. In 2010, the film was ranked No. 55 in Empire magazines "The 100 Best Films of World Cinema". In 2011, it was listed in Time magazine's special "The All-TIME 25 Best Sports Movies".