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Studying Indian Cinema$
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Omar Ahmed

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781906733681

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906733681.001.0001

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Once Upon a Time in India

Once Upon a Time in India

Lagaan (Land Tax, 2001, Dir. Ashutosh Gowariker)

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(p.217) Chapter Twelve: Once Upon a Time in India
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Studying Indian Cinema
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Omar Ahmed

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781906733681.003.0013

This chapter highlights Ashutosh Gowariker's Lagaan (Land Tax, 2001). An epic essay on cricket, the British Empire, and the collective will of a group of village farmers, the film joined the ranks of an elite group of Indian films to be nominated for an Academy Award. Lagaan quickly acquired the label of a contemporary classic and revived the career of film star Aamir Khan. The chapter offers a detailed and critically engaged study of the film. It covers areas such as the audience response to the film; representations of the British Raj; colonialism and imperialism; song and dance as narrative storytelling; the ideological value of religion; and the sports film as a vehicle for exploring national concerns.

Keywords:   Ashutosh Gowariker, Lagaan, Indian films, Academy Award, Aamir Khan, British Raj, colonialism, imperialism, religion, sports film

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