Lagaan, the landmark film that made history when it was nominated for the Oscars was released exactly 10 years ago on June 15, 2001. Here are 10 lesser known facts around the movie that you might not know...
It took almost five years for Lagaan, from the first time Ashutosh Gowariker first narrated his story idea to Aamir Khan, to hit the theatres.
The building in which the Lagaan team stayed for over six months was completely destroyed in the January 26, 2001 Bhuj earthquake.
On hearing the story for the first time Aamir Khan outrightly rejected the idea and suggested that Ashutosh Gowariker drop the idea of making the movie. Aamir termed the idea as "outlandish" and "completely implausible."
Ashutosh, though taken aback by Aamir's rejection of his idea, spent five months working on the script of the film and then went back to Aamir. Aamir though impressed by the script was wary and said he didn't have the guts to do the film.
When Aamir finally agreed to work in the film, he gave Ashutosh a condition to fulfil - Ashutosh should first get a producer to back the film without letting anyone know that Aamir Khan had agreed to star in it.
While Aamir Khan wanted AR Rahman to score the music for the film, he was apprehensive about Rahman's history of not meeting deadlines. Aamir also made Rahman listen to the script before committing himself to the movie.
Aamir Khan wanted a first assistant director for the film, but since this concept was new to Bollywood he wanted to hire someone from the west. Farhan Akhtar suggested Apoorva Lakhia's name who had a lot of Hollywood experience.
Lagaan was the first Indian movie to be widely released in China. The film was dubbed in Chinese and premiered in Shanghai followed by Beijing.
Ashutosh Gowariker has himself penned the English lyrics and dialogues for the film.
It actually started to rain when the song Ghanan Ghanan began to play during the first public screening of the movie at a theatre in Bhuj. There was a power cut and the screening continued with the help of generators. The entire cast and crew along with the villagers who acted in the movie were there in the packed theatre.