Season of Flowers will Also Come
As the parched earth waits for the rain,
the village girl Gauri (Gracie
Singh) waits for the young village farmer Bhuvan (Aamir Khan) to
discover her heart. Together they fight for freedom from tyranny
as Gauri encourages Bhuvan in his quest to take on the most
important challenge of his life.
is a story of triumph over oppression. A story of how the human
spirit rises to new heights to overcome injustice. The plot is
uncomplicated, which leaves room for fascinating choreography,
discussions of cultural issues and moments of pure abandon. The
dance sequences tell stories only dance can tell. It brings
together the thoughts and feelings of the characters and creates
a sacred space where the characters enter the realm of spirit.
in the 1890s, the residents of a small farming village in rustic
Gujarat, India are
waiting for the monsoon when they discover they will now have to
pay twice the amount of lagaan (agricultural tax) they normally
have to pay. With just enough food to survive they are literally
going to have to fight to survive.
Russel (Paul Blackthorne) almost overplays his part as the colonial
officer (of the cantonment which rules over the neighboring
villages) to emphasize the absolute absurdity of the situation. He demands
complete obedience with no regard to the human suffering his
laws will produce. He challenges Bhuvan to a game, knowing he
has never played Cricket. If the village loses, they must pay
triple the tax (lagaan). Bhuvan must not only gain the support
of the terrified villagers, he must rally a team and train them
within a few months.
is completely unfair and the officerís sister, Elizabeth
(Rachel Shelley), takes pity on the farmers. Against her
brotherís will, she starts teaching the villagers how to play
the game of Cricket. In the process she falls in love with
Bhuvan. It is a shallow love at best. While she is beautiful,
Gauri is completely captivating in her complete innocence.
Gauriís jealousy over Bhuvanís attentions towards Elizabeth
is spectacularly portrayed in dance.
sweeping cinematography creates a magical ambiance and seems to
invoke a certain unity of purpose. The delicious wide shots are
sumptuously filmed, completely captivating your entire being.
This movie will hold your complete attention, even through the
Cricket scenes. One you fall in love with Gauri and Bhuvan, you
rally to their cause and the sheer tension of the moments during
the Cricket games keeps you completely entranced.
love story is exotic, the choreography like you have never seen,
the songs are intoxicatingly beautiful with poetic lyrics.
Iíve never imagined anyone could combine so many elements into
one movie. Sports and a musical? It is amazing how Ashutosh
Gowariker knows how to appeal to the human heart in such a way
as to combine a musical, political drama, universal emotions,
poetry, community culture, romance, dance, artistic
cinematography, patriotism and the brute strength of valor.
A movie that emerges slowly and works its
way into your heart. First peeking out of the ground and then
bursting into full bloom in moments of sheer beauty that will
take your breath away right up to the exciting climax.
Story Telling at its