As Lagaan clocks in 20 years, Aamir Khan says he was disappointed when the film didn’t win an Oscar
In 2001, Aamir Khan’s Lagaan was released and created history. The film, which was directed by Ashutosh Gowariker needs no introduction. Today, the film completes 20 years of its release. Lagaan remains a modern classic and is a film which you can watch on loop 24/7 and never get bored.
In an interview with the Times Of India, Aamir Khan talked about Lagaan and relived several memories associated with the film. He mentions being disappointed when the film didn’t win at the Oscars. “I often get asked, ‘how disappointed were you for not winning the Oscar’? Of course I was disappointed. I would have liked to win. Many have asked me if the songs and length of the film was an issue for the Academy members? The fact that the film was nominated and was in the top five, says that the members loved it. It’s not easy to be nominated.” He further adds and says that one cannot compare films. He makes an example of his own films like Lagaan and Dangal and says one cannot compare these two movies. Adding on the same he said, “It just means that a certain jury found another film better. Sports don’t have subjectivity. Either you’ve run the fastest or you have not. Cinema is subjective. Oscar widens the reach of your film globally. The people who had no clue what Lagaan was all about also saw the film. Biggest award for me is people loving the film and they did.”
Speaking about his single-schedule and sync sound system and how he was the first one to start it, Aamir Khan also reveals that his belief is that the primary job of any movie is to entertain. “I feel the primary job of a film is to entertain. No one wants a lecture on sociology or psychology when they buy a movie ticket. People go to college for that. People seek entertainment so I don’t want to bore you. While entertaining you, if I get to say something important, I do that. I cannot just give you gyaan but if I can do both, sone pe suhaga.”
That’s hitting the nail on the head alright.
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