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Tuesday, December 06, 2022

When Aamir Khan Refuses To Pay Lagaan, Calls It ‘Weird Idea’: ‘In Five Minutes Of Narrating It, I Denied It’

Aamir Khan said in an earlier interview that he turned down Lagaan after hearing the script and asked filmmaker Ashutosh Gowariker to make changes.

Actor Aamir Khan is waiting for the release of his film Lal Singh Chaddha these days. The actor has given many hits in his career spanning almost 50 years. But his film Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India, which released in 2001, remains one of his most memorable films even today. In an earlier interview, Aamir revealed that he turned down the film after hearing the script but his parents convinced him to do so. Read also: Lagaan director Ashutosh Gowariker reveals an ‘improvement’ in the film

Lagaan is one of only five Indian films to be nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Oscars, the others being Mother India, Salaam Bombay!, Little Terrorist and The White Tiger.

In an earlier interview with Pinkvilla, when Aamir was asked about his Oscar-nominated film, he said, “When I heard Lagaan, within five minutes of its narration, I rejected it. It’s a story of people who can’t pay rent because it doesn’t rain and they play cricket with British people? I was like ‘What a strange idea? I said to Ashutosh, ‘It’s a strange story’ I asked him to tell me a different story.’

He further added, “I loved the final script of Lagaan and found it unbelievable. I told him, ‘It’s a great script and it breaks records of mainstream cinema. But I’m afraid to say yes. I can not do this. Later I often wondered why am I not doing the film? Then I asked Ashutosh to narrate the story to my parents. He heard this and was crying. He told me I should do it.”

Lagaan follows the story of Bhuvan (Aamir), a villager from Champaner, Gujarat, who is challenged to a game of cricket by an arrogant British officer played by Paul Blackthorne, to avoid paying taxes (Lagaan). Can you ,

Aamir will now be seen in Laal Singh Chaddha, a Hindi remake of the 1994 classic Forrest Gump. The film is scheduled to release in cinemas on August 11. It is the Hindi remake of Tom Hanks starrer Forrest Gump.

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