*See bottom of post for links to all posts from Lagaan Week *
It is one of the best films, if not the best film, in the history of Bollywood. As a standalone product, it is perhaps one of the most effective. To me, it is the driving force for restoration of faith in cinema. It is a film I am proudest of, not only as an Aamir Khan loyalist, but as a film enthusiast as well. It, ladies and gentlemen, is LAGAAN (2001). And on June 15, we celebrate seven years since its release!
Seven years later, Lagaan maintains relevance across cultures, geographies, histories, politics, and revolutionism. It offers countless lessons of love, hope, faith, struggle, teamwork, collaboration, understanding, innocence, patience, and perseverance. Perhaps most importantly, it serves as a reminder of the importance of saluting belief in goodness.
So allow me to dedicate the vast majority of posts this coming week to my favorite film of all-time, one that has mattered most for reasons I hope to discuss.
Chale Chalo. Let's enjoy the ride.
Here are all the Lagaan Week posts, and others related to the film:
- Lagaan Cast and Crew
- Happy Father's Day, Ishwar chacha!
- Welcome to Champaner in 1893
- Lagaan soundtrack -- your favorites?
- Lessons Learned from Bhuvan
- The Greatest Cricket Match ever played
- Lagaan DVD: Collector's Edition set review
- From Downtown L.A. to Champaner