Bollywood Classics: Lagaan
(India/2001—directed by Ashutosh Gowaniker)
Hindi cinema—popularly known as Bollywood (Bombay + Hollywood)—has long been the world’s largest film industry, currently averaging ticket sales of 3.9 billion annually. Based in Mumbai since the silent era, Bollywood films are distinguished by romantic themes, exuberant music sequences and epic running times.
In celebration of the DIA’s Festival of India (April 5-7) the DFT will present a modern Bollywood classic: Lagaan is about Indian resistance to colonial rule during the 1890s, when the villagers from a small town in Gujarat challenged British officers to a cricket match with three years of province taxes as stakes.
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