Who says there isn’t room for two blockbusters on the same day? Ashutosh Gowariker Lagaan and that of Anil Sharma Gadar: Ek Prem Katha released on the same Friday, June 15, 2001, both became historic hits.
“Why not?” reasoned Ashutosh Gowariker. “Sholay and Jai Santoshi Maa released on the same Friday in 1975. The two made history. Mine Lagaan was released the same day as Gadar. They both have their audiences.
Why not? If the two films are worthy, they will both be blockbusters. Manoj Kumar’s Roti Kapda Aur Makaan and Manmohan Desai’s roast were released the same Friday. They were both blockbusters. Much later, that of Indra Kumar Dil and Raj Kumar Santoshi Ghayal were affected on the same Friday. So everything has to do with the product. If the audience likes two films, it will ensure the success of both.
by Karan Johar Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and that of David Dhawan Chote Miya Bade Miyan released on October 16, 1998 were both great hits. But nothing like it Lagaan and Gadar: Ek Prem Katha which are among the greatest successes in the history of Indian cinema.
Anil Sharma says his film was a bigger success. “My cinema Gadar had made Rs. 200 crore ago, when the concept of the 100 crore club was unknown.
Lagaan was nominated for an Oscar. The impact of colonialism, cricket, and Aamir Khan (in that order) has been deadly. Said Ashutosh Gowariker, “Lagaan concerns the triumph of the human spirit. So it had to be a team sport. Once I thought about cricket, I also thought about the little mind games the British were having with the locals and what would happen if the locals took up the challenge. I expected people to like Lagaan. But not at this point.
In an interview in 2002, Amitabh Bachchan told me: “Indians would like nothing better than to see Lagaan win an Oscar. But even if he doesn’t win the trophy, for me the nomination is worth victory. It is a film that we instinctively adopt because it is one of the most brilliant films ever made. Perfect work, impeccable in all respects. Yes Lagaan reached such heights today, it is thanks to the singular efforts of one man, Aamir Khan. But its international success is a tragic reflection on the fragmented status of our film industry. A single individual was to produce, act, distribute, promote and sell their product from Mumbai to Los Angeles. In fact, he almost had to establish a second home in LA to sell Lagaan. Aamir’s film proves that we have the potential to make a mark on the international stage. But the film industry needs a forum or a group of like-minded people to take a product and sell it as theirs. We have to understand that we are one industry. Aamir had the courage and the will to do it alone. He showed us the way, like Satyajit Ray before him. Ray also had the courage and the hindsight to take his films to international festivals. Not many people were ready to watch Ray’s movies, and at first there were barely two people in the theaters. It wasn’t until after seeing, flipping, and talking about the films that others followed and Ray became a legendary figure. Aamir had a similar experience in the United States. He called the usher of the theater, the passers-by near his hotel and all those who wanted to come and see Lagaan. “
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