Aamir Khan in Lagaan – Actor Takes a Trip Down Memory Lane
Aamir Khan called Lagaan the most beautiful and memorable journey
Cricket fever is in full swing across the globe, courtesy the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019. Ironically, Bollywood block buster Lagaan – centred on India’s most loved sport, cricket - completed 18 years of its release over the weekend. As the film clocked in almost two decades since its first cinema run, superstar Aamir Khan took a trip down memory lane, recalling one of his most sought-after performances to date.
Calling it a beautiful ride, he tweeted “Thank you Ashutosh Gowariker and thanks to everyone who has been a part of Lagaan. What a memorable and beautiful journey.” The film, which is set in pre-Partition reached its 18-year mark on Saturday. Aamir plays a farmer in the movie. The storyline is centred on a small village whose inhabitants, burdened by high taxes, find themselves in a difficult position as an arrogant officer challenges them to a game of cricket as a waiver to avoid the taxes. The villagers face the strenuous task of learning the game and playing for a result that will change their destinies.
Responding to Aamir, Ashutosh said, "Thank you Aamir Khan for helping me embark on this incredible cinematic journey! And a big shout to the entire cast and crew that came along on this journey and made it truly memorable." The film also stars Gracy Singh, Rachel Shelley and Paul Blackthorne. Lagaan received critical acclaim and awards at international film festivals, as well as many Indian film awards. It became the third Indian film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film after Mother India (1957) and Salaam Bombay! (1988).
Aamir will next been seen in Lal Singh Chaddha, a remake of the 1994 Hollywood blockbuster Forrest Gump The script has been written by Atul Kulkarni, with Advait Chandan on the director’s seat.