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Lagaan - Once Upon a Time in India (2002)

4 Ratings: 4.0
Art House & International movie directed by Ashutosh Gowariker

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Director: Ashutosh Gowariker
Genre: Foreign
4 reviews about Lagaan - Once Upon a Time in India (2002)
review by . October 15, 2007
posted in Movie Hype
One previous reviewer complains that this movie recycles every derogatory stereotype of the Britsh Colonial officer. Well, yes, it does, and that's part the fun, getting to root for the victims, the villagers, giving a comeupaance to the pillagers. No native English speaker will fail to recognize the stereoptype for what it is, and very few Britons will deny the ugly truth embedded in that stereotype.  Putting history aside, however, I loved this movie for its sparkling mocking humor and …
review by . December 02, 2005
"Lagaan" captures the British tyranny, the weakness of the Indian Kings and the struggle of the common people very eloquently. The story revolves around a British cantonment and an Indian village, the ego of one British officer who imposes double the tax for the year because the king refuses to eat meat. The medium used is the game of cricket which reaches out to audiences of all ages. It also builds the excitement in the movie like it does in a live test match.  A.R. Rehman has captured …
review by . October 04, 2002
Anticipating a category 4 hurricane's track can be an upsetting ordeal. In order to take my mind off the threatening weather, I rented this four hour epic to watch in lieu of the usual media coverage of Hurricane Lilli's landfall based on positive reviews that I had read for the movie "Monsoon Wedding." I was not disappointed. Although set in a different time period, Lagaan more than adequately soothed my hurricane-jangled nerves and more than once had me laughing out loud, tapping my feet and smiling …
review by . May 13, 2002
posted in Movie Hype
LAGAAN was released in the video stores a few days before it was released in the theatres and probably this fluke will encourage more people to take advantage of this beautifully produced epic Indian film. Subtitled "Once Upon a Time in India" this luxuriously photographed movie presents the struggle between Indian vilages and the occupying British Colonialists at he turn of the last century. And while the message of supression by outside forces is dealt with in a strong manner, LAGAAN seems more …
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