Mumbai: Netflix, Aamir Khan Productions, and Ashutosh Gowariker will come together to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the landmark period drama Lagaan through a celebratory reunion of the team.
The Bollywood movie, directed by Ashutosh Gowariker and produced by Aamir Khan, was remarkable in innumerable ways. The reunion, titled Chale Chalo Lagaan – Once Upon An Impossible Dream, will stream on Netflix India’s YouTube channel.
Lagaan, an ode to team spirit, was the one of the three Indian films to be nominated in the Best Foreign Language category at the 74th Academy Awards and received widespread critical and commercial acclaim.
About the tremendous journey of Lagaan, Aamir Khan said: “We broke our backs while making Lagaan, but our 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. 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. RE BHAIYYA CHHUTEY LAGAAN!!!”
The film’s director Ashutosh Gowariker said: “My ultimate dream was to create something which will linger in the audience’s mind. 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.”
Monika Shergill, VP, Content, Netflix India, said: “Lagaan is one of the most iconic creations of Indian cinema. It is an epic tale that won hearts everywhere and showed the brilliance of Indian storytelling on the global stage. It’s an honour for Netflix to celebrate 20 years of Lagaan with the incredible team behind this film. We’re excited that this powerful and inspirational story continues to entertain audiences around the world with Netflix.”
Produced By: Aamir Khan
Written and Directed By: Ashutosh Gowariker
Executive Producer: Reena Dutta
Music: A R Rahman
Lyrics: Javed Akhtar
Playback Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhonsle, Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan, Sadhana Sargam, Sukhvinder Singh, Shankar Mahadevan, Anuradha Sriram, Shaan, Vasundhara Das, Srinivas, Vaishnali, Kishori Gowariker, A R Rahman
Dialogues: KP Saxena
Screenplay: Ashutosh Gowariker Kumar Dave Sanjay Dayma
Story: Ashutosh Gowariker
Director of Photography: Anil Mehta