Speaking of Lagaan, it was directed by Ashutosh Gowarikar and Aamir played a pivotal role in the film. It was the highest budget film at the time. The setting of the film is India’s time as a British colony. During the British occupation of India in 1893, the dictatorial Captain Russell (Paul Blackthorne) imposed an unprecedented land tax on the inhabitants of a small village. A farmer named Bhuvan, played by Aamir, led the peasants to protest against the tax.
Russell proposed a unique solution to the problem: he challenged Bhuvan and his men to play cricket, a game completely unheard of in India. The tax was to be removed if Bhuvan and his troops defeated Russell’s group. The tax, known as “lagaan”, was unfairly collected from Indian citizens by the British colonialists. In the tweet, Tharoor also mentioned Lagaam, alluding to the ropes used to ride a horse.
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