Lagaan - Once Upon a Time in India
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Lagaan is the story of a battle without bloodshed fought by a group of unlikely heroes led by Bhuvan (Aamir Khan), an enigmatic young farmer with courage born of conviction and a dream in his heart. He is helped by Elizabeth (Rachel Shelley), the beautiful English girl who came to India and lost her heart, and Bhuvan's pillar of strength, Gauri (Gracy Singh), the young and perky village girl who dreams only of a home with the man she loves. A story of extraordinary circumstances thrust upon ordinary people. Adversity faced with fortitude and injustice with dignity. There is slowly… More
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,
"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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