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Lagaan is lavish, rousing entertainment in the old-fashioned tradition of Hollywood musicals. Read critic reviews

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The year is 1893 and India is under British occupation. In a small village, the tyrannical Captain Russell (Paul Blackthorne) has imposed an unprecedented land tax on its citizens. Outraged, Bhuvan (Aamir Khan), a rebellious farmer, rallies the villagers to publicly oppose the tax. Russell offers a novel way to settle the dispute: he challenges Bhuvan and his men to a game of cricket, a sport completely foreign to India. If Bhuvan and his men can defeat Russell's team, the tax will be repealed.

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  • Mar 19, 2021
    This one has everything: it's a romance, a history, a political film, a musical and, of course, a sports movie. Supremely entertaining, well worth investing the time!
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Aug 09, 2014
    An entertaining movie about the importance of not accepting defeat when in face of the toughest obstacles and how we should do everything in our power to succeed, with faith and courage - and it even finds space to discuss matters like prejudice along the way.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 03, 2012
    If someone were to tell you to watch a movie that required you to read subtitles for over three hours and was building up to a Cricket game as the big finale most audiences would pass on such a film. Those audiences would have also miss one of the best musical and the best Cricket movie ever made. Once Upon A Time In India is about the people of a small village in Victorian India stake their future on a game of cricket against their ruthless British rulers. On paper the plot could have easily failed, but in execution it works better than you might expect. For starter the film introduces it setup excellent and slowly introduces our main character building both development and engaging the audiences with these characters. The film length work towards it advantage making the journey are the more powerful when we see our heroes in their darkest of time as well as their triumphant moments. Most of all the plot is inspirational as it plot has characters as to overcome overwhelming odds to save their province. The film contains a good amount of musical numbers which serve it purpose of moving the plot while also adding a much added sense of drama to a scene. The musical numbers never takes away any momentum the plot has even during it most serious moments. As a whole it contains a nice balance of comedy, drama, and well handle love romance story. This film also accomplish the impossible task of making Cricket feel intense, exciting, and most importantly watchable for a long duration. The Cricket game is among one of the intense experience I ever went through with anything sport related in a movie ever. The plot might not sound like much on paper to most audiences, but give it a chance and you'll find yourself engaged with the film has to offer. Aamir Khan makes for an excellent leading man in this musical of epic proportion. He completely dedicated to his role that you'll be convince all the way through with who he portrays. He says his lines with such passion and emotion making his every one of his speeches powerful. Gracy Singh is a lovely actress who can hold her own weight and dances gracefully in the musical numbers. The rest of the cast members not only make strong actors, but they also make excellent singers and dances in the musical numbers. The cinematography gives you a sense of scope and pulls you into its atmosphere. Weather it is showcasing its beautiful landscape or nicely choreographed musical numbers will have your eyes thrill. The musical score is terrific all the way through, especially during the Cricket which helps it add tension to an already tense climax. Once A Upon A Time In India is filled with engaging characters, a great inspirational plot that balances many different elements, and imagery that's just stunning all the way through. It's unlike many other musicals you'll ever see and it's worth sitting over three hours if a film is this good.
    Caesar M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 15, 2011
    Patriotic, beautiful and full of color. One of the best movie to be produced from India.
    Mesh B Super Reviewer

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