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Total Votes: 23
Release Date 15 June, 2001
Budget ₹24 crores
Box Office India ₹35 crores
Box Office Worldwide ₹65 crores
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Led by Bhuvan, the people of a small village in British India risk their future on a game of cricket against their evil British rulers. The bet is if they lose the game, they will be forced to pay 3 times the original tax to the Britishers, and if they win they will have to pay no tax at all.

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Day-wise Box Office Collections

First Day₹1.0 crores
First Weekend₹3.15 crores
First Week₹6.63 crores
Second Week₹5.61 crores
Third Week₹4.19 crores
Lifetime India (net)₹35 crores
Worldwide Gross₹65 crores
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True Adj Domestic Net ₹151.2 (
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True Adj Worldwide Gross ₹280.8 (
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Fun Facts & Triva

  • This film was highly inspired by an old film, Naya Daur.
  • Sonali Bendre wanted to play the lead role.
  • Aamir Khan actually pierced his ear for his role.
  • The earrings he wore in the entire film is of his real-life wife Kiran's earrings.
  • Before Aamir Khan, Abhishek Bachchan & SRK were offered the role.
  • Everyone was doing so perfect that the first cut while shooting was almost 7 hours long.
  • This film marks India's official entry to the Academy Awards in the category of 'Best Foreign Language Film'.
  • This film was shot in Bhuj which was destroyed in an earthquake after 6 months of Lagaan.
  • Paul Blackthorne underwent the Hindi language classes for 6 months before shooting.
  • For the role of Gracy, Preity Zinta was approached.
  • Ameesha Patel was also interested. She even auditioned for the role.
  • Aamir organized a special screening of this film for the villagers of Bhuj before the release.
  • This was the first Indian film to be premiered in China.