June 15 : Lagaan, which was released in 2001, has turned 20. Directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, the film stars Aamir Khan and was produced by him. To celebrate its 20th anniversary of the release, the cast and crew of Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India, will come together for a reunion special.
One of the most iconic film, Lagaan is an epic tale that won hearts everywhere and showed the brilliance of Indian storytelling on the global stage. The special show on the reunion of the Lagaan team, titled Chale Chalo Lagaan - Once Upon an Impossible Dream, will soon start streaming on Netflix India's YouTube channel, the streaming giant confirmed in a statement today. Monika Shergill, VP, content, Netflix India, said that the streaming platform is excited to bring the team of Lagaan together.
Aamir Khan said, the team "broke our backs while making Lagaan, but their hearts were full of joy “Lagaan has showered us all with so much love. I am so grateful to all my fellow travellers on this magical journey. Starting with Ashu and his team of writers, the entire cast and crew, all our partners, our distributors, my seniors from the film industry who lent their wholehearted support, the exhibition sector, and most importantly, our audience, I can't thank all of you enough,” he said in the statement.
The actor-producer further stated, “Lagaan is something I am extremely grateful for and I will always cherish every memory of this ongoing journey. It is also so wonderful to see that the journey of Lagaan continues, and I am really looking forward to reconnecting with the Lagaan gang thanks to this initiative by Netflix."
The film received critical and commercial acclaim across the globe, as it was nominated in the Best Foreign Language category at the 74th Academy Awards. Talking about the film, Ashutosh Gowariker said Lagaan was his "ultimate dream" that lingered in the audience's mind even after two decades. "That it would be appreciated 20 years down the line is something that is unimaginable. It is overwhelming for me as well as the entire team of the film that this dream became a reality. Lagaan is the story of people coming together and standing united against all odds. Today, through this special with Netflix, we gather here and celebrate what the people truly believed in, making it an immensely proud moment," the filmmaker said.