When Aamir Khan Refused To Do Lagaan, Rejected ‘Weird’ Film In Five Minutes

Aamir Khan said in an old interview that he turned down Lagaan after hearing the script and asked filmmaker Ashutosh Gowariker to make changes.

Actor Aamir Khan is currently awaiting the release of his film Laal Singh Chaddha. The actor has delivered several hits over his nearly 50-year career. But his film Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India, released in 2001, is still one of his most memorable. In an old interview, Aamir revealed that he turned down the movie after hearing the script, but his parents convinced him to do it. Read also : Lagaan Director Ashutosh Gowariker Reveals The Only ‘Fix’ He Would Make To The Film In Hindsight

Lagaan remains one of only five Indian films to have been nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Oscars, the others being Mother India, Salaam Bombay!, Little Terrorist and The White Tiger.

In an old interview with Pinkvilla, when Aamir was asked about his Oscar-nominated film, he said, “When I heard Lagaan, within five minutes of his narration, I dismissed him. I was like it’s a story of people who can’t afford Lagaan because there’s no rain and they play cricket with Brits? I was like ‘What a weird thought is that? I said to Ashutosh, “It’s a strange story. I told him to find me another story.

He added: “I loved Lagaan’s final script and thought it was amazing. I said to him: “It’s a fantastic script and it breaks the record for mainstream cinema. But I’m afraid to say yes. I can not do it. Later, I often said to myself why I didn’t make the film? Then I told Ashutosh to tell the story to my parents. They heard it and cried. They told me I had to.

Lagaan follows the story of Bhuvan (Aamir), a villager from Champaner, Gujarat, who is challenged by an arrogant British officer, played by Paul Blackthorne, to a game of cricket, as a bet to avoid paying taxes (lagaan) qu ‘they must .

Aamir will now be seen in Laal Singh Chaddha, which is a Hindi remake of the 1994 classic Forrest Gump. The film is due to hit theaters on August 11. This is a Hindi remake of Forrest Gump starring Tom Hanks.