Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India

Directed by Ashutosh Gowariker

The appropriately epic LAGAAN has taken the world box office by storm. In 1893 India, a young farmer, Bhuvan, challenges the ruling British to a game of cricket. The stakes are high. If the farmers win, they pay no taxes for the next three years. But if they lose, they pay triple.

Screening as part of 20/20 VISIONS: Chosen by screenwriter and author Frank Cottrell Boyce. Lagaan tells the story of a group of villagers who are forced to play the English at cricket. If they win, they pay no tax (lagaan). If they lose they pay double. It’s got a massive love story, amazing dance numbers and a cricket sequence that is longer than most British films. It encompasses the entire history of the game, includes every trick in the book and keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very last ball. Lagaan is not just a film. It’s a carnival. Written by Frank Cottrell Boyce. This screening will be introduce by screenwriter and author Frank Cottrell Boyce.

223 minutes

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