In the time of sports films, it is difficult to overlook the one that started everything. Joining together the greatest interests of the nation – cricket and movies – no one ever thought that the movie, Lagaan would become such a classic!
Set in pre-independence times, Ashutosh Gowarikar’s ‘Lagaan’ reflected enthusiasm for modern India. Where a lot of beginner Indians crushed the British in a game that was completely strange to them. It was a film, which fundamentally exhibited no-enthusiasm for a nation that is now, after so many years of independence, snared to the colonial game
Opposing each odd and breaking each desire wasn’t only a topic in the film yet has likewise become its reality.
The film is so profoundly etched in our memories that it is difficult to overlook how every scene plays out. We know teenager dugunna-lagaan, radha-kaise-na-jale, hum-jeet-gaye. We know the wacky language, the intricate sets, the awakening melodies. We know how Bhuvan’s sentiment story Gauri and Elizabeth was like Lord Krishna. We know the mercilessness of the officials of British Raj and how every resident in Champaner just needed a certain something: Rain.
Aamir Khan’s maiden production, ‘Lagaan’ proceeded to make history for not just in India but also outside the nation by getting selected in Best Foreign Film category at Oscars 2002. The film didn’t conclusively win the honor, however it won awards from all quarters.
So in the light of all the things that we know, here’s a list of things that we probably don’t:
Aamir Khan wasn’t Ashutosh Gowariker’s first preference to play Bhuvan, it was Shah Rukh Khan. When SRK couldn’t agree to the dates, Ashutosh approached Aamir, who was not to sure to take up such a colossal risk. Ashutosh Gowariker went to Aamir, who consented to even produce the film along with acting in it. It took nearly five years for the film to hit the theaters.
Perfectionist as we all call him, Aamir Khan chose to pierce his ears and wear hoops for his role in the film. Unexpectedly, he had obtained the silver rings that he wore from Kiran Rao, who was an associate editorial manager on sets. Aamir was around then hitched to Reena Dutt.
It really rained when the song Ghanan played during the primary open screening of the film at an auditorium in Bhuj. Despite the fact that there was a power cut, the screening didn’t stop and proceeded with the assistance of generators. The whole cast and group alongside the locals who acted in the film were available in the jam-stuffed theater.
Lagaan was just the third Indian film to be named at the Oscars. Despite the fact that it didn’t win, the film has proceeded to turn into an exemplary worldwide over. Time magazine has recorded the film in “The All-TIME 25 Best Sports Movies”; Channel 4 has put it at number 14 in “50 Films to See Before you Die”– the main Indian film to be recorded.
Sonali Bendre, Nandita Das, Rani Mukerji and Ameesha Patel were considered for the role of Gauri. But director, Ashutosh chose Gracy Singh, who was a then well known for her job as Dinky in TV serial Amanat.
The 2001 Gujarat earthquake ruined majority of the areas in Bhuj where Lagaan was shot. The crew, including the English, added to their cause by donating a huge sum of money and bringing things back to track. Aamir received a town in Bhuj and sent tents for the destitute and furthermore gathered assets for help activities.
After all the problems, debates and discussions, dugana lagan toh dena he padega!