On June 15, 2021, Lagaan: Once Upon A Time In India, completed 20 glorious years since it launched and made cinema history as it’s the only Indian movie that came very close to winning an Oscars under the Foreign Language category.
‘Lagaan’(tax in Hindi), directed by Ashutosh Gowariker and produced by Aamir Khan, was a remarkable film in innumerable ways. The landmark period drama is currently available on Netflix in more than 190 countries.
As ‘Lagaan’ completes two decades, Netflix, Aamir Khan Productions and Ashutosh Gowariker will come together to celebrate this historic moment in Indian cinema through a celebratory reunion, which will feature the team of the film, according to a statement put out by the US streamer.
The reunion, titled ‘Chale Chalo Lagaan – Once Upon An Impossible Dream’ will stream on Netflix India’s YouTube channel.
An ode to team spirit, the film 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.
Talking about the tremendous journey of ‘Lagaan’, Aamir Khan said, “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.
“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!!!”
Celebrating this incredible milestone, director of the film, Ashutosh Gowariker said, “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.”
According to Monika Shergill, VP, Content, Netflix India, the film was “one of the most iconic creations of Indian cinema… 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,” she added.
However, Netflix hasn’t yet revealed the airing date for ‘Chale Chalo Lagaan’.