Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India

Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India

  • Director: Ashutosh Gowariker
  • Writer: Ashutosh Gowariker,Kumar Dave,Sanjay Dayma
  • Countries of origin: India, United States, United Kingdom
  • Language: Hindi, English
  • Release date: June 15, 2001
  • Runtime: 3h 44min
  • Sound mix: DTS, Dolby Digital
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35 : 1
  • Also known as: Taxation: Once Upon a Time in India
  • "A Life" is a song and dance love movie directed by Ashutosh Gowariker and starring Aamir Hussain Khan , Gracy Singh and Rachel Shelley . It was released in China on May 16, 2003.
    The film tells the story of Indian villagers who won a cricket match with the British army under the leadership of young Lavan, forcing the British to cancel unreasonable tax policies and withdraw from the village   .


    • Release date June 15, 2001
    • Filming locations Bhuj, Gujarat, India
    • Production companies Aamir Khan Productions, Jhamu Sughand Productions

    Box office


    ₹250,000,000 (estimated)

    Gross US & Canada


    Opening weekend US & Canada


    Gross worldwide


    Movie reviews

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    • By Marques 2021-12-13 08:01:07

      The story of the South Asian subcontinent

      India, Britain, colonialism, turkey, caste, cricket, religion...These are the most important elements on the South Asian subcontinent. Amir Khan combined these elements to present an inspirational story of small fights.
      Bollywood’s high production always gives birth to many superhuman actions similar to the death of a speeding car. However, the profound historical background and diverse national culture have benefited the Indian film industry a lot. As a Muslim, Amir Khan has...

    • By Isac 2021-12-13 08:01:07

      This movie is very similar to Kyoto Ballman

      1. All are sports games, one is football and the other is cricket;
      2. Both are oppressed and colonized nations, China and India;
      3. Both have a handsome muscular guy who started to resist, Zhang Fengyi and Amir Han;
      4 、They are all a group of players with their own unique skills, they are not able to learn and make rapid progress at the beginning;
      5. There is a foreign woman from the opposing camp who falls in love with the captain and supports the team, and in the...

    • By Joaquin 2021-12-13 08:01:07

      Come to see Amir Khan

      An inspirational movie, the upper and lower two, totaling more than three hours and forty minutes, is a bit long. The most impressive thing is that they used moving, nice songs and dances to tell their experiences and inner monologues, which are very contagious.

      The film uses sports competitions to determine whether the people in the province should pay taxes for three years. First of all, there are some doubts about this premise, which is illogical; the emotional line is more...

    • By Sanford 2021-12-13 08:01:07

      [View "Once Upon a Time in India"]

      This is the second time I have watched this 3.5-hour movie. Although I feel a little bit procrastinated, it does not affect the overall viewing experience. I still like it very much.

      The film is the miserable life of the people under the colonial rule, and they are forced to pay double the tax even when there is no harvest. The earthy ground and numb people seem to be able to feel the depression across the screen. And hopeless. Under the humiliation and oppression, finally a young man...

    • By Burley 2021-12-13 08:01:07

      Position at the foot

      Bufan is a farmer who, like everyone else, carries water, grows land, cuts wood, and pays rent.

      His appearance was a bit funny. Amidst the quarrels of the folks in the village, his mother told him to go home for dinner. However, how does the older generation know about the world of young people? So, Goryeo appeared on the stage. A girl who was a childhood sweetheart with Bu Fan said: "I didn't see him, but I know where he is." When she said this, Goryeo was proud and even a...

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    • By Arvilla 2022-04-24 07:01:07

      Will I be exhausted watching Indian movies without...

    • By Lucile 2022-04-24 07:01:07

      No more Indian movies since then. ....

    • By Uriah 2022-04-24 07:01:07

      For three hours, I didn't stop in the...

    • By Reginald 2022-04-23 07:02:11

      Bollywood inspirational...

    • By Arely 2022-04-23 07:02:11

      Everyone said it was beautiful. . I ended up falling asleep on the...

    Movie plot

    British troops invaded India and were stationed in a small arid village. In addition to facing awkward harvests and bad weather, the villagers have to deal with heavy taxes and miscellaneous taxes, and their lives are miserable for a while. Russell ( Paul Blackthorne ) is the commander of the British army. One day, he found Lafan ( Aamir Hussain Khan ) , a young man in the village , and asked to play against him. Russell promised Lafan...
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    Movie quotes

    • [the other villagers are refusing to let an untouchable join the team]

      Bhuvan: Let me remind you all of one thing: this is not a game we are playing for fun and entertainment - this is a fight we must win.

    • [the other villagers are refusing to let Kachra, an untouchable, join the team]

      Bhuvan: Whether you support me or not, Kachra will play.

    • Yashodamai: [to Bhuvan] You talk like your father. He was just as spirited; always spoke the truth.