Timeout London have published their list, of the best “101 films of the decade” and Ashutosh Gowariker’s Lagaan starring Aamir Khan has made it to the list at Number 41, eighteen ahead of Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire, which was listed at Number 59.
Calling the film a ‘must watch’ the London based weekly magazine says “The Oscar-nominated ‘Lagaan’ is a must-see for anyone interested in world cinema and Bollywood. Will a group of illiterate Indian farmers beat officers of the British Raj at a game of cricket so that they can be absolved from paying a dreaded land tax? ‘Lagaan’ broke all the bolly-rules: a bound script, real locations, synch-sound, proper acting and AR Rahman tunes carried the narrative forward. The result was a hugely entertaining film with cricket being used as a metaphor to illustrate the evils of communalism and Empire. Best of all was learning how the game was ‘invented’ by the Indians. ”