Lagaan: A great Indian movie!

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. πŸ™‚

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!”

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I'm glad to be part of a multicultural marriage! I grew up in the U.S. but am married to an African husband. This makes life challenging, creative and cool - all at the same time!
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3 Responses to Lagaan: A great Indian movie!

  1. jenmardunc says:

    I watched my first Bollywood movie over the summer and it was a very light-hearted musical that made me both laugh and dance in my chair! I thoroughly enjoyed it. I very rarely have 4 hours to sit and watch a movie (my children and my job keep me too busy!) but I may try to see if I can find Lagaan. Do you think it would be okay to watch it in chunks of time? or would that ruin the experience?

    • Oh, yes, absolutely! There’s a big Intermission screen in the middle, which is usual with most Bollywood movies. Another nice thing is the movies usually divide the scene chapters with songs on a DVD. So before or after a song is usually a good place to pause.

      That’s neat that you’ve also experienced one of these. πŸ™‚ Do you remember the title? (Always on the lookout for others … )

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