| Notes from the Lagaan (Hindi) Movie|
When I bitched about Indian movies (see Why I hate
Bollywood) in this space, I received a lot of angry pushback from movie fans.
"Just watch Lagaan, and then talk" they wrote, as if one
movie can undo the damage caused by thousands of bad movies. And as promised, I
did watch Lagaan this week with my wife (who doesn't understand Hindi) and my
mother (who doesn't understand the game of Cricket). My notes, in the form of
questions and answers, as they happened.
Q: Does Lagaan mean "Once upon a time in India" ?
A: No, and I don't understand why the byline appears only in English.
Q: Do people really dance for the rains in India?
A: In some states of India they sing and celebrate the arrival of the monsoons. But
they never dance in temples as shown in the movie.
Q: The movie shows such unreal things as the hero fighting injustices of
untouchability, trying to protect wildlife by disturbing the hunting etc. Why
then does it try to be real by showing the hero's widowed mother clothed
only in white?
A: It is only a movie darling. Don't read too much into it.
Q: What does this Wicket mean?
A: Wicket has multiple meanings in Cricket. The Wicket sometimes means
"the pitch" (as in "The wicket is slow"), it indicates the number
people who have gotten out ( as in "India lost three wickets"), or has
gotten out ( as in Kapil Dev has 434 wickets). In addition, the wooden stumps on
either sides of the pitch are also called wickets (hence the name
Q: Why is this movie so long ? (the movie is four hours long)
A: Perhaps because poor people in India want a long-entertainment for
their buck Perhaps the makers of the movie thought they were producing an
Q: Were all the Indian kings as weak as the movie portrays?
A: More or less, at the time the movie is set in (1893), the Indian kings had
become weak due to infighting, and lack of leadership. At the time of India
becoming free, there were 700 such good-for-nothing princes.
Q: Did you like the movie?
Honestly, I didn't like the movie. But I enjoyed explaining the game of Cricket to the
Laggan perhaps captures the imagination of the Indian movie goers very well, but
didn't do it for me.Sorry.
|(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)||First Written: Friday, September 27, 2002|
Last Modified: 1/23/2003
Tags: bollywood, review