Drama, Epic, Family
After the rebellion of 1857, every uprising,large or small was swiftly crushed by the British. The freedom movement was all but extinguished as no one dared to raise their heads. These were times when most of India had come to accept that the British would rule for another 100 years. The Rajahs had gradually lost most of their legendary power and wealth and were now only nominal rulers - in some cases mere tax collectors on behalf of the British. The British, adopting a dual policy, protected the Rajahs territories from each other, and administered law and order. In exchange, they collected a tax…which was paid by every farmer in the country. The submission of a portion of the farmers’ harvested crop in the form of agricultural tax to the ruler was known as LAGAAN. LAGAAN... a story of extraordinary circumstances thrust upon ordinary people. Adversity faced with fortitude and injustice with dignity. There is slowly awakening pride, the grit and determination of a people who have everything to lose. Faith and courage come face to face with arrogance and ruthlessness.