Dedham Film festival

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2 - 17 October 2015


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Lagaan: Once Upon A Time in India (2001)

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Date: Sunday 30th September

Time: 2.00pm

Location: The Duchy Barn

Event Duration: 4 hours 30 mins with 2 intervals

Certificate PG

Price: £3.50

An epic work with eye-popping song-and-dance routines, Lagaan was a major cinematic event in India on its release in 2001 and one of the most lavish and expensive films ever to come out of Bollywood.

The Indian villagers of Champaner, beset by drought and British colonialism in the year 1893 decide to ask the local authorities for a temporary repeal of their taxes, the hated lagaan. Led by the heroic Bhuvan (Indian superstar Aamir Khan) they bring their plight to the military governor, Captain Russell. But the sadistic Russell threatens to raise the lagaan threefold, unless the villagers can beat his men at a game of cricket, in which case he'll lift taxes on the entire province for a period of three years. Bhuvan accepts the challenge, but there's a problem: no one in Champaner knows how to play cricket. A band of misfits come to the rescue, coached by Russell's soft-hearted sister Elizabeth, and the race is on to be ready in three months' time.

Refreshments will be available before the performance and during the intervals.

"A lavish epic, a gorgeous love story, and a rollicking adventure yarn"
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian