Aamir Khan star “Lagaan” was released two decades ago on June 15. The actor-filmmaker says the film shaped him in many ways.
“Lagaan has been, is and continues to be an incredible journey for me. It was a journey in which I met new and exciting people, made new friends, started relationships that lasted over two decades, shared so much with these wonderful people, learned so much, experienced so many emotions, lived so much. This trip has shaped me in so many ways, ”he said.
Directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, the film starring Aamir Khan is set in 1893, at the end of the Victorian period of the British colonial Raj in India. The story revolves around a small village in central India, whose inhabitants, overwhelmed with high taxes, accept the challenge of playing a cricket match against a team of British officers. If they win the game, their taxes would be excused, but not winning would mean having to pay triple taxes.
“In this trip, I want to thank, Ashu, the whole Lagaan team, all the different teams who brought him to different audiences around the world, and all of you who saw the film. We all came together. in this journey, some early, some later as we go, but we are all traveling companions, ”added Aamir Khan.
Speaking of “Lagaan,” Gowariker said, “The box office response to my first two films rocked me. It also enlightened me to come back with a story I believed in, a story that would all encompass an audience. cinema lover The result was Lagaan’s script.
He said he was lucky to have Aamir Khan to support him in the film although their previous films did not set the box office on fire.
“It is extremely difficult to convince Aamir to make a movie, but once he commits it is the greatest moment for the director,” said Gowariker, whose director “Lagaan” airs on Zee Bollywood. June 15 to mark the 20th anniversary of the film’s release. .
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