We've seen the film and appreciated the fantastic artwork that defined it. We acknowledge Captain Russell (Paul Blackthorne) is one of the most effective villains in recent memory. Now, let's walk through his abode! Hindi film blogger Darshit Joshi visited the Vijay Vilas Palace in Mandvi, a remote area in Kutch in the Indian state of Gujarat. The site featured in the film as the quarters of the commanding officer of Champaner.
Darshit has a great picture essay at this link, in which he ties his beautiful photographs of the exterior and interior of the palace to specific instances in the film. Please visit and thank him for bringing us such a remarkable post, complete with an obvious connection to Lagaan from the gates to the palace! The palace is simply majestic; by definition, it's supposed to be, I guess, but music such as this sample from the background score adds much to its aura:
The complete album of Darshit's pictures is available at this link; here's a sample:
But wait, that's hardly all! He also visited Kunariya, the Gujarati village in which Lagaan was filmed in 2000. (Did you know Lagaan XI played there well after the film was released? Inspirational story.) He's taken some excellent photographs of the location, and even visited the theater which hosted the world premiere of Lagaan -- fittingly, showcased to the very villagers who were the life of the film. The post, which outlines a heck of an adventure, is available at this link. Remember this?
Of course, no film using synchronized sound and involving as many as 10,000 individuals on one set can be made without overcoming tremendous project management challenges. Sujoy Singha is a student of Management Science at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom. A class project for Managing Resources and Operations inspired him to analyze the making of Lagaan. Complete with risk analyses and notes on the scope and stakeholders of the massive project (and at the time, the most expensive Hindi film ever made), you can find his paper, "Lagaan: A Project Management Case Study of the Making of the Film", at this link. Sample this from the post:
...Lagaan needed to be made. To quench the thirst of Bollywood lovers like me craving to see a cinematic magnum opus unveil its hues on the big screen and make my eyes gleam. Lagaan needed to be made to make me lift my hands in triumph every time Kachra took a wicket. ...Lagaan needed to be made because a silly sod like me could understand the principles of Project Management through it.
Among the works cited in posts by Darshit and Sujoy, and as referred to in some of the other posts this week, is The Spirit of Lagaan by Satyajit Bhatkal. It is one of the best books I've read on cinema. (Here are some notes.) If you enjoyed the film, you'll most certainly love it!
Please note all Lagaan Week 2009 and 2008 posts will soon be archived in this intro post, which will always be retrievable by clicking the Lagaan badge in the sidebar to the right.