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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I think I heard that this was the most successful Bollywood film of all time internationally. I can see why. Hard-pressed local villagers are taunted into an apparently doomed wager by the pantomime-villain local British captain - win a cricket match against the garrison and you will not have to pay 'lagaan' (a tax imposed by the ruling British) ; lose and you will pay three times over. The match itself, which is the climax of the film, is highly entertaining - you can guess who wins - but before that you have various twists and turns and a romantic sub-plot involving the intrepid hero Bhuvan and his girl, played by an astonishingly beautiful Indian actress called Gracy Singh. There are several all-singing, all-dancing set pieces, the film is visually beautiful and, long as it is, it has held my interest every time I have watched it. Highly recommended.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 12 January 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 29 August 2007
Never watched an Indian-cinema film, or a "Bollywood" movie before (not sure which category this one falls under), and I hate musicals ;-) but I enjoyed the first half of this film. I didnt get to watch the 2nd half because I got it thru Amazon's DVD rental service and they only sent the first disc (no idea if my fault or theirs, but if you are looking to rent, be aware).

So I can't really rate it as I only saw half the film, (oops, I can't submit this without a rating, so I give it 4) but what I did see was enjoyable and thought-provoking, which I think speaks volumes when you consider I hate musicals (did I say that already)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 23 April 2004
I saw this movie on satellite about a year ago and I just loved it and sodid my kids, my youngest wants to try to learn hindi.So I have bought afew books and looking for a software programs thats teaches you Hindi.When I found it in DVD, I knew I had to get it. Now my 2 year old likeswatching because of the singing in it. Job well done in making this movie.It gives sort of a history lesson as to how life is for other countriesand in diffrent eras.My youngest son likes the Jealous scene were Bhuvanand Gauri are dancing and singing about Radja Jalan
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 2 September 2006
This is a hugely entertaining and very intelligently plotted recent Bollywood production that also happens to connect up very strongly with Britain.

It has all the elements calculated to make a commercially successful Bollywood film with an international element to boot. It is long and a "period piece" set in "another age" with a slightly yellowish tinge to the fine grained image quality; it has good music and songs; it has an interesting love triangle with a very attractive English model who took part in Brita water filter commercials - mmm, she does look pure; it is centred around cricket, the game that Indians and many others are crazy about even more than the English - and the most entertaining sort of cricket match you can think of; it has Indian and English dialogue; the hero of the film is the producer of the film as well making him something of a youthful genius; it has strong moral overtones about unity in the face of childish class and religious prejudices that sometimes occur in India. It is above all else entertaining.

If you don't understand cricket like the Indian village in the film forced to play one game, you should by the end of the film. I don't think that the British are insulted too much in this film - it does try to capture the best and worst aspects of a colonialism that is probably more carricature than reality. I'm not sure if Indian villages were quite so brutalised by the British - I don't think so but it probably makes for a better film.

Overall, thrills, spills combining elements of the "Magnificient 7" where they go round hiring sharp shooter cowboys (thin this film, the players for the game) and attractive possibility of love between Western and Asian halves. A fun filled family film.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 9 October 2004
Though I'm British Asian and supposed to like HindI films...I don't. But this film is very very VERY good. Excellent storyline, based on love, humanity, unity and struggle. Strongly recommend it to those who are sceptical of Hindi Films.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 7 June 2009
An absolutely wonderful film - funny, moving, lively, -recommended to me by an indian friend. I asked her for details of a film that was from India - and this was her suggestion. You DON't need to know about cricket in order to watch it. The undertones of English Colonialism and the unconscious assumptions of british superiority are teasingly but kindly shown- and get their just desserts. Do watch it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 5 April 2005
Sumptuous film, a real master-piece. I recommend it for everyone who wants to believe in life, in all beautiful things that humanity has, for anyone who wants to find courage, love, and great emotion. See this film if you want to experience real beauty.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 31 July 2002
One of the most exciting and involving movies I saw all year(2001). The music and dancing is wonderful. Leaves most Hollywood blockbusters for dead. I wanted to yell at the screen. Aamir Khan is the sort of actor that makes you care about his character. See it on a big screen if possible.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
I admit that I love films with Anglo-Indian themes. I also love period pieces. So, when I discovered Lagaan, I was intrigued, though somewhat skeptical about its being a musical and about its underlying story. Still, I thought it was worth a shot. I am delighted that I took a chance, as I was riveted for the nearly four hours the film was on the screen. It is little wonder that it was a 2001 Academy Award nominee for best foreign language film.
The film takes place in late nineteenth century India, during the time of the British Raj, in the small rural village of Champaner. It is a poor village against whom a tax, called a lagaan, is levied by the British. It appears that the lagaan goes to support the British cantonment that rules over the Central Indian province in which Champaner sits. The cantonment is commanded by an arrogant Captain Russell, who seems to care little for the customs, culture, and people of India. He typifies all that is bad about the reign of the British Raj.
Champaner has, unfortunately, had a long lasting drought and, as a farming community, the dry spell has been devastating, leaving the villagers on the brink of agricultural disaster. They have been awaiting the seasonal monsoon rains to no avail. When the villagers are told that Captain Russell has doubled the lagaan, as it had been cut in half the previous year due to the drought, they are angry. It is a now an issue of life and death for them.
This brings Bhuvan, a handsome, young, spirited farmer to the fore. Before he knows it, Bhuvan finds himself wagering the future of his village and province on a cricket game, as he has likened it to a local game played by the villagers. The stakes are now higher, for if they lose, Captain Russell has decreed that not only will Champaner have to pay a triple lagaan but the entire province will have to do so, as well. If they win, however, the lagaan will be stayed for three years.
So, it begins. The villagers are a colorful and motley cast of characters, both Hindu and Muslim. It is interesting to see how Bhuvan organizes and trains them to meet the British on what will be the functional equivalent of a field of battle. Village blood feuds and caste prejudices are laid aside in order to do wage their own unique war against the onerous lagaan. They are assisted by Captain Russell's tenderhearted and beautiful sister, Elizabeth, who is disgusted by her brother's meanness towards a people and culture that she embraces. This leads to a love triangle, as Elizabeth finds herself falling in love with Bhuvan, to the consternation of Gauri, a beautiful village girl who loves Bhuvan. He, however, remains somewhat oblivious to the romantic portents swirling about him.
The film take the viewer through the preparations for the game by the villagers, the nefarious duplicity of one villager, and the game itself, which is a tense, three day match in which the rag-tag group of villagers meet the crisply dressed British on the cricket field. The hopes and dreams of the villagers hang on the result of the game, as does the career of the unlikable Captain Russell, whose superior officers have looked askance at his unseemly proposition to the villagers. The match itself, which consumes nearly a third of the film, is exciting to watch. The film is a thrilling epic with masterful performances and occasional exuberant musical numbers that are sparsely interjected at appropriate times throughout the film.
This multi-faceted film is deftly directed by Ashutosh Cowariker, who wrote the excellent screenplay. The acting by the entire cast is stellar. It is also easy to see why Aamir Khan is such a super star in India, as he has all the attributes of a leading man. He is simply sensational. The lovely and graceful Gracy Singh, in her debut role, is wonderful as the lovesick Gauri, and Rachel Shelley is terrific as Elizabeth. The cinematography is spectacular, as are the production values. Altogether they provide a sumptuous feast for the eyes. This film is certainly representative of the best that Bollywood has to offer.
The DVD has excellent audio and crystal clear visuals. The film is shown in letterbox format, and the subtitles are clear and easy to read as they are displayed against a black backdrop. The subtitles are available in English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, and Thai. There is also a long deleted scene included that is very worthwhile, as well as filmographies for the principals in this film.
All told, this is a very fine, worthwhile film to add to one's personal collection. Bravo!
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