Today, Lagaan: Once Upon A Time In India, completes 20 glorious years since its release, which made history in Indian cinema. Lagaan, directed by Ashutosh Gowariker and produced and acted by Aamir Khan in the lead, was an iconic film in innumerable ways.
Lagaan, an ode to team spirit, was the one of the three Indian films to be nominated in the Best Foreign Language category at the 74th Academy Awards and received widespread critical and commercial acclaim.
As it completes two decades today, Netflix, Aamir Khan Productions and Ashutosh Gowariker are all set to come together for a celebratory reunion which will feature the entire team of Lagaan. The reunion titled, ‘Chale Chalo Lagaan – Once Upon An Impossible Dream’, will stream on Netflix India‘s YouTube channel.
We broke our backs while making Lagaan, but our hearts were full of joy. Lagaan has showered us all with so much love. I am so grateful to all my fellow travellers on this magical journey. Starting with Ashu and his team of writers, the entire cast and crew, all our partners, our distributors, my seniors from the film industry who lent their wholehearted support, the exhibition sector, and most importantly, our audience, I can’t thank all of you enough. Lagaan is something I am extremely grateful for and I will always cherish every memory of this ongoing journey. It is also so wonderful to see that the journey of Lagaan continues, and I am really looking forward to reconnecting with the Lagaan gang thanks to this initiative by Netflix. RE BHAIYYA CHHUTEY LAGAAN!!!
My ultimate dream was to create something which will linger in the audience’s mind. That it would be appreciated 20 years down the line is something that is unimaginable. It is overwhelming for me as well as the entire team of the film that this dream became a reality. Lagaan is the story of people coming together and standing united against all odds. Today, through this special with Netflix, we gather here and celebrate what the people truly believed in, making it an immensely proud moment.
Lagaan is one of the most iconic creations of Indian cinema. It is an epic tale that won hearts everywhere and showed the brilliance of Indian storytelling on the global stage. It’s an honour for Netflix to celebrate 20 years of Lagaan with the incredible team behind this film. We’re excited that this powerful and inspirational story continues to entertain audiences around the world with Netflix.
“Chale Chalo Lagaan” is all set to come soon exclusively on the Netflix India’s YouTube Channel and I’m surely excited to catch it! What about you guys?