Former India cricketers Aakash Chopra and Irfan Pathan joined the party as Bollywood celebrated the 21st anniversary of one of the most iconic films about cricket, ‘Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India’. Aamir Khan, the lead actor of the movie, hosted the party in his house, along with the rest of the cast, in memory of the 2001 movie.
The plot of the movie is based on India under British rule from the pre-independence era. It depicts how Britishers agree to wave off high taxes that were enforced on them, but only one condition – to win a game of cricket against the Britishers. The Indian villagers accepted the challenge and prepared themselves for the judgement day. Indians eventually went onto win the cricket match and got their taxes removed.
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What a lovely evening: Irfan Pathan
A video clip showing glimpses of the celebrations from Aamir’s residence was shared on social media, as it featured the movie’s cast Akhilendra Mishra, Yashpal Sharma, Shankar Pandey, Rajendra Zutshi, Raja Awasthi, Suhasini Mulay, Dayashankar Pandey, Amin Gazi and Pradeep Ram Singh Rawat, along with the director, Ashutosh Gowariker.
The Instagram video shared by Aamir was captioned “#21YearsOfLagaan”, and Pathan in the comment section wrote “What a lovely evening”. People gathered in the venue were seen chit-chatting and playing foosball.
The movie production house shared another clip, as they wrote, “Thank you for all the love for the last 21 years! The journey of Aamir Khan Productions started with #Lagaan, and the film continues to be a part of our journey! Sach aur saahas hai jiske mann mein, ant mein jeet usi ki rahein.”
The movie, written by Gowariker, produced by lead actor Aamir and narrated by Amitabh Bachchan, was one of the nominees for the Academy Award in the category of Best Foreign Language Film, becoming only the third Indian film, after ‘Mother India’ from 1957 and ‘Salaam Bombay!’ from 1988, to be nominated in the category. It also won 10 International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards, eight Filmfare awards, eight National Film Awards, and eight screen awards, and garnered worldwide recognition.