Lagaan became a cult and everybody appreciated the vision of the director Ashutosh Gowariker to show a cricket match between villagers and British officers for the stake of Lagaan.
The movie was bizarre and unique in its own way and these are the reasons that the movie became one of the best movies in the history of Bollywood.
Do you remember the spinner in the team of Villagers? The spinner was the key player for Bhuvan in the team and that spinner helped him with that match.
The character of the spinner named Kachra was essayed by actor Aditya Lakhia. Check out what Aditya Lakhia has contributed to the Bollywood industry.
Aditya Lakhia made his Bollywood debut with a small role in the 1988 movie titled ‘Om-Dar-Ba-Dar’. Little do you know that Aditya Lakhia was also part of Aamir Khan’s movie Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar.
Aditya Lakhia was working as an assistant director with Ashutosh Gowariker in the movie Akele Hum Akele Tum. This is the reason he got the role of Kachra in Ashutosh Gowariker’s movie Lagaan.
His role as Kachra became one of the memorable performances.
After playing the character of Kachra in the movie, Aditya was seen in many movies that include Kuchh Meetha Ho Jaye, Ek Ajnabee, Shaurya, Shootout at Lokhandwala, Mission Istaanbul, and many more.
Aditya Lakhia was last seen in the 2010’s movie Riwayat. After this movie, he disappeared from Bollywood and featured in many TV shows.
In the TV industry, he has been part of TV shows like ‘Chotti Bahu Season 2’ and ‘Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi Kijo’. Aditya Lakhia is a brilliant actor and we wish to see him in Bollywood movies again.
In an interview, he said, “I am the first Indian bowler to take a hat-trick against England in a cricket match pre-independence.
So that is a special sports memory that I have from the movie Lagaan. Cricket comes naturally to every Indian and I had played in school and college.
Aamir Khan and Ashutosh Gowariker are good cricketers too. Not many people know that. Aamir actually plays very well.”
“We had done many workshops before the cast was selected. Being a spinner with a deformed hand, I had to attend quite a few workshops to get my action and stance. It was very exciting.” He added.
He cleared that they shot the cricket match sequence in the movie for 50 days in the blistering heat of Bhuj. This is the reason that all the actors look tanned.
It worked well with the movie as they look real. The temperature was about 47 degrees there. His character Kachra was the last one to join the squad.
His shooting schedule was the last thing to shoot and Aditya Lakhia was very nervous as he was working with many senior actors but he said that all the actors made him very comfortable.
He also said that he got the habit to work with one hand and it took him a long time to get rid of that habit.
He shared the story when the bell rings in the morning and if it is the sweeper, he would ask him, “Sir, kachra?” and he replied saying, “Yes, tell me”.
The movie Lagaan lost out to Bosnia’s No Man’s Land. In addition to this, there are many theories why the movie didn’t win an Oscar.
However, Aamir Khan found out many people across the globe weren’t aware of any movie with such a name, not to think about watching and appreciating it.
Now people are considering it as a groundbreaking movie. In many ways, the movie redefined history.
This is the reason that such questions arise like Is Lagaan inspired by a true story and this is how it came to India? Well, the answer is no.
It was a fiction story created by Ashutosh Gowariker by doing a lot of research to make it authentic.
The story of Lagaan was set in the year 1893 when India was under British occupation. In a village, tyrannical Caption Russell imposed a land tax on its citizens.
A rebellious farmer, Bhuvan, rallied the villagers to publicly oppose the tax. Russell offers an opportunity to settle the dispute and challenges villagers to play a cricket match in order to avoid tax. Bhuvan agreed to it and won at the end.
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