Lagaan - Once Upon a Time in India
Lagaan - Once Upon a Time in India (2001)

One of the most expensive films ever to come out of Bollywood, Lagaan tells the tale of the Indian village Champaner, beset by drought and British colonialism in the year 1893. Without a drop of rain in months, the worried villagers of… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 22, 2002
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Lagaan is lavish, rousing entertainment in the old-fashioned tradition of Hollywood musicals.

Derek Elley
Variety

An involving, easily digestible hunk of pure entertainment that could be the trigger for Bollywood's long-awaited crossover to non-ethnic markets.

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Monica Eng
Chicago Tribune

After having seen this Cinemascope extravaganza in a theater, on DVD and video, I still think the big screen experience is worth it.

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Film4

Will be the film all others in Bollywood are judged against, in terms of both creativity and success.

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Mark Peranson
Chicago Reader

Few recent American musicals are this fluid or engaging.

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F.X. Feeney
L.A. Weekly

It works its magic with such exuberance and passion that the film's length becomes a part of its fun.

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Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine

With an equally stunning soundtrack, this rollicking yarn is a must for all film lovers.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

A great big Bollywood musical, complete with song and dance and doomed love triangles and elegantly photographed men playing cricket. And it's terrific fun, in a way that only great big musical fantasies can be.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

An enormously entertaining movie, like nothing we've ever seen before, and yet completely familiar.

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Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies

The film's got a big scope and a big heart, even taking time to decry class, social, and racial discrimination.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
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… More
xGary Xx
I'm not usually a fan of sports films, but mixed with interesting period detail, beautifully shot locations and a political spin, this works really rather… More
Khris N
For a movie which is SOOO GOOOD and beautifuly made - it will make you ignore the length as you will be immersed in this Bollywood epic. Aamir Kahn is one of… More
Lanning : )
The tax that Indians must pay to the British occupational government at the turn of the 19th century is "lagaan." This is the price that occupied… More
Curtis Lilly
Moulin Rouge ripped this movie off. Wasn't bad, I suppose, but I admit I wasn't paying much attention to it.
Caesar Mendez
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… More