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Lagaan Review (Aamir Khan)


Lagaan Rating  4/5

(This is part of a Independence day flashback of reviews on and around June 15 2001) .From All the reviews on the web 

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Lagaan Movie Review

Ratings:5/5 Reviewer:Pritish Nandy Site:Mid Day

Lagaan. No exaggeration. It is possibly the finest movie I have seen in my life and, believe me, I have seen some very fine movies.It took my breath away by the sheer simplicity of its narrative, the amazing performances, the great music and, what holds it all together, truly awesome direction by a filmmaker I had never even heard of. Between Aamir Khan, the producer, and Ashutosh Gowariker, the director, they have not only made a great movie by any standards but they have created a work that will go down in the annals of cinematic history. Too much praise you think? Watch the movie yourself. No praise is enough to describe Lagaan. It is the first film I have seen that deserves 100 on a scale of one to nine.

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 Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Taran Adarsh Site:BollywoodHungama

The highlight of the film is, without doubt, the cricket match, which dominates the second half completely.The filming of the cricket match is the most exhilarating part of the film, which keeps the viewer on tenterhooks right till the end. The highs and lows of the villagers and the emotions attached to the game are so true to life, which is why the cinegoer becomes a part of the crowd watching the game on screen. But the film has its share of flaws as well.The film clearly belongs to Aamir Khan, who enacts his part marvellously. He gets ample scope to display histrionics when the cricket match begins and must say, the actor is in top form. This is without doubt his best work to date.On the whole, LAGAAN is an apt example of good cinema different plot, popular music, breath-taking climax and excellent performances.

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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Sita Menon Site:Rediff

Technically, the film has many brownie points.Minuses? Honestly, the script.Here’s a film where you have its every thrilling feature exaggerated in melodramatic detail — run-outs, no balls, sledging, chucking, overthrows, catches (that win matches) spin bowling… and, of course, fours and sixes galore.Film-makingwise, this film’s a googly. But the man of the match, literally as well as (perhaps) BO verdict, is Aamir Khan. Watch it, but watch it ONLY in a cinema hall.

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Ratings:4/5 Reviewer:Dave Kehr Site:NewYorkTimes

Like many of the classic Hollywood musicals, ”Lagaan” is a utopian fantasy of a perfect community, brought together in literal and figurative harmony. Drawing his players from the village outcasts and outsiders (the team includes both a Muslim and an untouchable), Bhuvan unites the farmers in a common front against their colonial exploiters — and even the local rajah, whose livelihood depends on the British, is drawn into the excitement of the match. The climactic tournament lasts three days and takes up, by rough estimate, some 80 minutes of screen time’.’Lagaan” is perfectly positioned to be the first crossover Bollywood hit

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Ratings:5/5 Reviewer:Kuljinder Singh Site:BBC

An Indian modern classic. “Lagaan” lives up to its huge hype with a spirited and well crafted story that could become actor-cum-producer Aamir Khan’s magnum opus. “Lagaan” is anything but standard Bollywood fodder, and is the first must-see of the Indian summer. A movie that will have you laughing and crying, but leaving with a smile.

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