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Actor Aamir Khan starrer Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India is indeed one of the most precious gems of Hindi cinema. The Ashutosh Gowariker directorial brought a story that resonated with every Indian. Set in 1893, during the late Victorian period of British colonial rule in India, the film follows the inhabitants of a village in Central India who, burdened by high taxes and several years of drought, are challenged by an arrogant British Indian Army officer to a game of cricket as a wager to avoid paying the taxes they owe. As the film completes its 23 years, it’s time to look at some aspects that make it worth celebrating.

5 reasons why Lagaan will always be iconic forever

Unique Plot

Lagaan truly left everyone stunned with its plot. The movie’s message of empowerment and the victory of the underdog is summed up very well in its storyline, where everyone felt connected to it. Such a unique plot had never been explored in the industry before, but with Lagaan, the audience saw a whole new kind of cinema that not only touched their hearts but also delivered a powerful message.

Exceptional Performances

Lagaan was adorned with some of the finest actors of Indian cinema. They not only kept the audience hooked but also brought the emotions of every character to life on screen. With Aamir Khan and Gracy Singh as the main leads, the film also featured British actors Rachel Shelley and Paul Blackthorne. Moreover, the film had a huge slate of talented actors who contributed significantly to its success.

Outstanding Music

The music of Lagaan perfectly complements its theme. Capturing the true essence of the village backdrop, the music of the film nicely evoked every emotion. Composed by A. R. Rahman, the soundtrack incorporated several music styles and genres. Songs like Radha Kaise Na Jale, Chale Chalo, Ghanan Ghanan, Mitwa, and others remain special and memorable even today.

Inspirational Message

Lagaan is a film that has truly inspired everyone with its story. Beyond its entertainment value, the film explores themes of unity, perseverance, and the fight against injustice. The movie’s message of empowerment and the triumph of the underdog struck a chord with audiences worldwide.

National Awards

At the 49th National Film Awards, Lagaan won eight awards, including Best Popular Film. Remarkably, the film secured the maximum awards at the 49th National Film Awards in 8 categories, including Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment, Best Male Playback Singer, Best Audiography, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Music Direction, Best Lyrics, and Best Choreography.

With these remarkable achievements and timeless elements, ‘Lagaan’ continues to hold a special place in the hearts of cinema lovers, making its 23rd anniversary a celebration of its enduring legacy. Directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, Lagaan starred Aamir Khan, Gracy Singh, Rachel Shelley, Paul Blackthorne, Raghubir Yadav. Rajendranath Zutshi, Aditya Lakhia, Yashpal Sharma, Pradeep Ram Singh Rawat, Akhilendra Mishra, Rajesh Vivek Upadhyay, Javed Khan Amrohi. Rajendra Gupta and Amin Hajee played pivotal roles.

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