Lagaan is one of Aamir Khanmost successful and memorable films. Not only did it achieve success at the box office, it also became only the third Indian film ever to land an Oscar nomination. Many call it one of Aamir’s best movies ever. However, there are aspects of the film that Aamir himself does not like. In a recent interaction, Aamir revealed that he didn’t want his character Bhuvan to be clean-shaven in the film, for a rather practical reason. Also read: Aamir Khan Hosts Lagaan Reunion At His Home As Film Completes 21 Years
Directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, Lagaan, which was released in 2001, also starred Gracy Singh and British actors Paul Blackthorne and Rachel Shelley. Set in colonial India, the film saw a group of villagers in a drought-stricken village challenge the British to a cricket match in order to waive the land tax imposed on them. Aamir played Bhuvan, the villager who led the challenge and captained their team.
In a recent interview with IMDB, Aamir said that because of the drought, it made no sense for his character to waste water shaving. On how he would make Lagaan different if he made it again, Aamir said, “I would really urge Ashutosh again that Bhuvan’s character can’t shave. I urged him. I said yahaan paani nahi hai (there is no water here). It has not rained here. They are suffering and this man shaves every day. He has a secret water supply.”
However, director Ashutosh did not respond to Aamir’s suggestion even then, the actor revealed. “But somehow Ashutosh wanted me to look a certain way and he liked me shaved and insisted. But that didn’t make sense to me. So if I did Lagaan again, I’d be there.” insisting that we go with the growth this time.”
Made on a budget of 25 crore, Lagaan almost made 66 crore and was one of the highest-grossing films in the year of its release. Aamir will be seen next time in Laal Singh Chaddhathe official Hindi remake of the 1994 Oscar-winning film Forrest Gump. Laal Singh Chaddha, directed by Advait Chandan, also stars Kareena Kapoor, Mona Singh and Naga Chaitanya, and will be released on August 11.