Lagaan - Once Upon a Time in India
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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 Champaner decide to ask the local authorities for a temporary repeal of their taxes -- the hated lagaan. Led by the heroic Bhuvan (Indian superstar Aamir Khan) they bring their plight to the military governor, Captain Russell (Paul Blackthorne). But the sadistic Russell threatens to raise the lagaan threefold, unless the villagers can beat his men at a game of… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An involving, easily digestible hunk of pure entertainment that could be the trigger for Bollywood's long-awaited crossover to non-ethnic markets."
‑ Derek Elley, Variety
"After having seen this Cinemascope extravaganza in a theater, on DVD and video, I still think the big screen experience is worth it."
‑ Monica Eng, Chicago Tribune
"Will be the film all others in Bollywood are judged against, in terms of both creativity and success."
‑ , Film4
"A great introduction to the joys of Indian popular cinema."
‑ Chris Baker, Film Threat
"A skillfully made, good-natured movie."
‑ Eric D. Snider, EricDSnider.com
"Few recent American musicals are this fluid or engaging."
‑ Mark Peranson, Chicago Reader
"It works its magic with such exuberance and passion that the film's length becomes a part of its fun."
‑ F.X. Feeney, L.A. Weekly
"With an equally stunning soundtrack, this rollicking yarn is a must for all film lovers."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"This is a lavish production that will remain a favourite for years to come."
‑ Nina Patel, ViewLondon
"A good example of the 'masala' type of Indian filmmaking, where politics, romance, class consciousness and long musical numbers are stirred together in an entertaining stew."
‑ Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer
"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."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"An enormously entertaining movie, like nothing we've ever seen before, and yet completely familiar."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The film's got a big scope and a big heart, even taking time to decry class, social, and racial discrimination."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"If you're in the mood for a Bollywood film, here's one for you."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"So fascinating, you may not notice how much time has passed when the credits finally roll."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
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