Directed by Ashutosh Gowariker
Produced by Aamir Khan
Mansoor Khan
Story Ashutosh Gowariker
Aamir Khan
Gracy Singh
Rachel Shelley
Paul Blackthorne
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
Country India
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".


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