Aamir Khan shares his thoughts on the 20th anniversary of "Lagaan"

"Lagaan" was nominated at the 74th Academy Awards in the Best International Feature category in 2002
"Lagaan" was nominated at the 74th Academy Awards in the Best International Feature category in 2002

16 Jun – Aamir Khan recently admitted that his 2001 movie, "Lagaan", in which he made his debut as a producer, has shaped him in many ways.

The actor, who spoke about the film in celebration of its 20th anniversary, stated that the film was and continues to be an amazing journey for him.

"It has been a journey in which I have met exciting new people, made new friends, started relationships that have lasted over two decades, shared so much with these wonderful people, learnt so much, experienced so many emotions, experienced so much. This journey has shaped me in so many ways," he said.

He also admitted that he lacked preparation while doing the movie, as he was also juggling between acting and producing.

"I was paying more attention that nothing goes wrong. So, Lagaan is probably my most unprepared performance, as a result," he added.

It's more than just about cricket and colonialism

As to whether there could possibly be a remake of the said movie, Khan stated that he has no qualms about it.

"If another creative team wants to do so, I'd not stop anyone. I'd say make a better one than what we did and maybe we'd learn from them of whatever we missed. I have no problem. In fact, I'd find it interesting to see how they make Lagaan in today's times and how would [my character] Bhuvan do his part," he said.

Directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, "Lagaan" revolves around a small village in Central India in 1893, whose inhabitants accepts a challenge to play a cricket match against a team of British officers in hopes of lessening the burden of their taxes. It co-stars Gracy Singh and British actors Rachel Shelley and Paul Blackthorne in supporting roles.

The Indian cricket team

The British cricket team

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