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Lagaan - Once Upon A Time In India [DVD] [2001]

Aamir Khan , Gracy Singh , Ashutosh Gowariker    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Aamir Khan, Gracy Singh, Rachel Shelley, Paul Blackthorne, Suhasini Mulay
  • Directors: Ashutosh Gowariker
  • Format: PAL, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Colour, HiFi Sound
  • Language: Hindi
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish, Turkish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Columbia Tristar
  • DVD Release Date: 27 May 2002
  • Run Time: 215 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005U0JX
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,541 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Lagaan is a must-see movie for anyone with an interest in Indian cinema or cinema beyond Hollywood. Although very much within the mainstream Hindi cinema of Bombay/Mumbai in terms of its stars, use of song and dance and its length, Lagaan took a gamble with the domestic Indian audience. It breaks all contemporary conventions of Hindi film by being set in an Indian village during the British Raj, far away from the more usual modern metropolitan cities and exotic foreign locations.

It also seemed destined to fail internationally, given that it features a cricket match lasting longer than the average Hollywood film and avoids the melodramatic kitsch, camp style that is celebrated in the West as "Bollywood". 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.

On the DVD: Lagaan on DVD is presented with good picture and sound, but otherwise has little more to offer, despite being a two-disc package. The features are less than exciting, comprising 17 minutes of deleted footage with no explanation, the theatrical trailers for two other films rather than for this film and a list of films in which several key participants have worked with no clips. Most DVDs of Indian films have an extra menu for song selections but here one has to move through the scene menu. There are subtitles in several languages. --Rachel Dwyer

Product Description

Fully Boxed and Sealed Original Hindi DVD 2 Disc set from Excel Home Video, All Regions, PAL Version will Play on any Region Free DVD Player with Special Features. Disc -1 - The Movie. Disc -2 - Deleted Scences. ( Including Never Before Seen Footage and Song Re Bhaiyaa Chhoote Laagan) The Spirit of Laagan. Curtain Raiser on the Music of Laagan. Trailers Over 100 Stills from Still Gallery.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars enthralling, dynamic, entertaining, one of the best 18 April 2002
By A Customer
I have seen many Indian movies and I think I am a bit of a connoisseur. I rate Lagaan among the all-time best. I like the historical perspective. It plays on the fanatic Indian love for cricket and places the colonials in fair light. I found the boyish Aamir came of age for his Direction, in complement to his superb acting. I have seen the film 5 times. I feel proud to say that whereas I am not Indian, my wife is and she did not have to force me to see Lagaan.
I would force many people to see it though and they would be grateful for the chance.
Keep it up Aamir and bravo Bollywood.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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Sumptuously filmed and tremendously entertaining - plus being a great intro for those who know little about cricket but want to understand more!
The simmering anger of the Indian villagers and the stiff upper lip of the British Raj provides an enjoyable dynamic throughout the film.
The music and choreography are excellent.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great family film 21 Jan 2005
My route to this movie is quite longwinded. I am a white englishman, so Bend it Like Beckham is the closest I have come to a Bollywood movie before now, but each year I play cricket against London Theatres and one of their players mentioned that he and a number of his team mates had been to India to play cricket in this film. I then heard that one of them had written a book about the experience "From Balham to Bollywood". So I bought and read the book (which is fascinating) and this led to me checking out the movie.
As I said, I am not experienced in the Bollywood genre, so have nothing to compare it to, but despite the cod-ness of some of the cricket scenes I found myself and my whole family thoroughly enjoying the 3 hour experience of watching this film. Good, old fashioned cinema fun that seems to be going out of fashion elsewhere in the world.
I recommend anybody, whatever race or creed to check out this DVD.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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This is a movie that was made to perfect from start to finish. The story flowed so well that one would not realise that one has been in an uncomfortable chair for 3 hours and 40 minutes. Before watching this movie I did not understand cricket neither did I have any interest. Since watching the drama on screen I have been both watching and playing cricket. The camera work, direction, production and the actors were fantastic. It is a must see. A real shame it didn't get the Oscar.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly indulgent 19 Jan 2004
By K. Chase-Rahman VINE VOICE
This is the most brilliantly indulgent film making I have ever seen. It really feels like nothing has been held back in this film, from the construction of the nineteenth century village to the unbelievable length of the film. The film is in two simple parts - the first part builds up the characters and the second part is a cricket match. But the beauty of the film is in the care, and considerable time it gives to both parts, which builds up the emotions at the end of the cricket match to a truly nail-biting crescendo. You just couldn't get away with this kind of indulgence in English or American film. The studios would cut down its length to half leaving limp characterisation and not enough of the sporting action.
I highly recommend it
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Movie 3 Nov 2004
Lagaan is one of the greatest movies of all time in my opinion. It has everything you could want in a movie. I am not the type to watch a 3 hour plus bollywood movie but once i began watching this i didnt move throughout. Seen it so many times since. A great addition to any movie collection. A must have for any movie fan! This movie scores top in every department. It has suspense, comedy and much more. The songs are great too. 10 out of 10!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A film in a league of its own! 18 Dec 2003
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Never has such a film been made that is so rich with culture and so beautifully conveys the most poignant spiritual message. It is a film that speaks the truth using the most uplifting music that compels you to dance infront of the sceen.
It is unsurprising that the film has a strong spiritual message since it was made by Indias finest artists. In short the film is a celebration of those who are brave enough to stand by truth.
The film is set in a small simple village in India that is under the rule of the British. The British represent the ego who dominate and try to empower the simple Indian villages by imposing high tax demands on all their crops. There has been no rain and very little food so in desparation they plead with the British rulers to reduce their tax demands. A wager is set by the British ruler. The Indians will play a game of cricket against the English and if they win they will not have to pay tax for three years but if they lose they will have to pay three times as much. The Indians did not know the game of cricket and if they lost they would never be able to afford to pay three times their normal tax. Nonetheless they took on their challenge to fight for their rights and their freedom. The film will leave you feeling embarassed to be English but inspired to make a change in this slowly degenerating world.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Simply not Cricket old boy! 10 Mar 2009
This film was my first experience of Bollywood and I would like to say how pleasantly surprised I was. It has an air of innocence about it that Western cinema has lost. A bit like those old Fred Astaire musicals of the thirties. Sadly films of today have lost a lot of the simple joy that the early cinema bought to the public. But thankfully it is still alive and well in India. I had the pleasure of watching with my Pakistani friend who patiently explained to me matters such as the caste system which is relevant in this film. An added bonus for me!

"Lagaan" stands for land tax. The evil British commander threatens the impoverished nearby villagers with triple tax unless they win a game of cricket. As a keen cricketer this was the carrot that drew me to watch the film, and I am pleased to say that the film demonstrated a sound knowledge of the subject. The spin bowler was unable to exert turn until the ball became old and rash shots were often punished with the loss of a wicket. If you do not understand cricket it does not really matter. You will have a better knowledge by the end, but it is not necessary to enjoy the picture. Sorry if I have made you yawn. The films star Aamir Khan plays Bhuvan who leads the village team who resemble the dirty dozen. They are a very mixed bag of characters including one who is an untouchable and another who can only be described as a complete and utter raving looney. Can Bhuvan turn them into a team in time to face the evil British? I am pleased to report that they are not all rotten to the core as the attractive sister of the evil Officer proves. There is of course romance in the air between Bhuvan and Gauri a very pretty village girl.
The game of course goes to the last ball.
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5.0 out of 5 stars really good film
Even my wife enjoyed it - and she is totally not into cricket.
For very patriotic British viewers it will grate, and apparently there are errors, but it does not detract from... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Harvey Washbrook
4.0 out of 5 stars decadence of the British Raj
The story about extraordinary mental strength of, let say, dozen indian men from a village in Gujarat who without any knowledge of the complexities of cricket strategy and tactics... Read more
Published 28 days ago by RASTKO-R KOZLEV»AR
5.0 out of 5 stars Lagaan
I have always loved this film and bought it in video form so years ago in English, pleased to have it now in the original Hindi. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Adele Valsesia
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
watched this and could not believe that the English people could be so racist. it really opened my eyes and i also loved the story, (even though it is a long film) it is good... Read more
Published 1 month ago by lynn corrigan
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic!
I am happy I have finally got this Lagaan! I was quite impressed when I saw this film years ago at a Portuguese movie theater. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Francis Moreira
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant movie
Lagaan is a beautiful, moving film & the care & dedication taken in making it is abundantly clear. The acting, overall, is brilliant - Aamir Khan is convincing & Gracie Singh,... Read more
Published 11 months ago by R Gomez
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Film
One of the best films I have seen. It was very entertaining, full of drama ans suspense, and love story.
Published 11 months ago by Mahadeo Bisnath
5.0 out of 5 stars Cricket!
I bought this film as I read it was based on a cricket match and was glad that I did. It is rather long as with all indian films but the second half is quite exciting.
Published 12 months ago by oldgrayfan
3.0 out of 5 stars Hindi Film "Lagaan" review
The story plot of the Hindi Film "Lagaan" is interesting. As expected, acting is excellent. In addition the landscapes are particularly beautiful.
Published 14 months ago by Constantine Kalliontzis
5.0 out of 5 stars Cricket lovely cricket
This one of the best sporting dramas of all time, a historical piece set during the time of the raj and all I will say is that this depicts cricket as a great liberating force. Read more
Published 16 months ago by D. Lewis
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