This is the story about the resilience shown by the Indians when they were under the British Rule. They are already taxed to the bone by the British and their cronies, but when Jack Russell announces that he will double the Lagaan (tax) from all villagers, they decide to oppose it. Leading the villagers is a handsome young man named Bhuvan, who challenges them to a game of cricket, a game that is to be played by veteran British cricket players, versus villagers, including Bhuvan himself, who have never played this game before, and do not even know a bat from a piece of wood. As the challenge is accepted, the interest grows and attracts Indians from all over the region, as well as the British from all over the country – as everyone gathers to see the ‘fair play’ that the British will display against their counter-parts, who are aided by none other than the sister, Elizabeth, of Captain Rusell. —IMDb
Ashutosh Gowariker (Marathi: आशुतोष गोवारिकर) (born 15 February 1964) is an Indian film director, actor, writer and producer. He is known for directing the films Lagaan (2001), Swades (2004), Jodhaa Akbar (2008), What’s Your Raashee (2009) and Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey (2010). He was nominated for an Academy Award and European Film Award, and has won a number of other awards, including a National Film Award, five Filmfare Awards, and seven international film festival awards. He also became a voting member for the Academy Awards in 2005
Ashutosh Gowariker started his career as an actor, making his debut in 1984 in director Ketan Mehta’s movie, Holi. On the Holi sets, Ashutosh met Aamir Khan. After that, he acted in several television serials, including Kachchi Dhoop (1987), Circus (1989), C.I.D. (1998) and several films, including Naam (1986), Chamatkar (1992), and Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa (1993).
The 1993 movie, Pehla Nasha marked Gowariker’s directorial debut. It was a failure… read more
An excellent debut from Gowariker. It was an amazing concept for it's time, combining freedom struggle with a do or die cricket match. Considering how cricket crazy Indian's are, this was a film that hit the right spot. As the comment below, we were literally cheering for Team Bhuwan right till the end and the end result was nothing short of euphoric.
Everything a Bollywood film has to be. I saw it at Shambala Festival and the audience was really cheering at the end for the Indians and gave a rapturous applause when the final credits rolled. I miss this kind of reaction in "normal" cinemas.