Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)
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Alright, some corny scenes and it's probably a bit long - but Aamir Khan is amazing and I have to say, although I'm really not into cricket, it kept me entertained.
As a Turk I know what it means being invaded by English troops. And I know what it means winning at least a sport competition against invaders team. Because world-wide known Turkish football teams Besiktas, Fenerbahce and Galatasaray were once winners of such competitions (most known General Harrington Cup) against English teams in WWI period and people have had been motivated to support resistance. So that was a great movie for me! A movie with heart from our Indian brothers.
The run time definitely put me off watching this for a while. Thankfully I watched it now and it's fantastic. The music scenes are not western by any means and might be considered slightly tedious. The rest however is great, I could really feel the struggle. Also the British acted as delightful **nts.
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This movie ranks #7 in Musical
This movie ranks #10 in Top 100 Bollywood Films
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This movie ranks #59 in The 100 Best Films Of World Cinema
This movie ranks #237 in Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film Nominees
This movie ranks #321 in The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films
This movie ranks #332 in Asian Cinema: A Field Guide
This movie ranks #505 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die