I am a sucker for Bollywood movies. Seriously! I have nary a drop of Indian blood in my veins, yet ever since I saw my first semi-Bollywood movie about six years ago, I have been enthralled.
No matter how bad your day has been, whenever you see fully grown men and women leaping and jumping while (supposedly) singing at the top of their lungs, you just have to smile. At least, if you’re me. 🙂
With that introduction, I saw Lagaan this weekend. Here’s a trailer for non-Indian audiences:
Before this movie I hadn’t the slightest interest in cricket. But the movie’s so much more than that. And if one game was the difference between my skipping taxes for three years or paying triple tax in one year – well, I’d try swinging a cricket bat too.
There’s social justice themes (one of the cricket members is an untouchable), unjust taxation, toe-tapping music, gorgeous costumes and cinema, the dignity of all human beings (at one scene, an Indian mother calls a white woman her “daughter” – almost teared me up!), etc. … Need I say more?
Notes: Philosophically I don’t agree with everything in this movie, so it’s not an unqualified recommendation. And this movie is an investment. Set aside at least four hours of viewing time to watch it comfortably. But I do think that everyone, if they’re emotionally ready for it, should see it at least once.
And remember: “He who has truth and courage in his heart shall win in the end!”