Aamir Khan releases documentary on ‘Lagaan’

Amir Khan is known for his meticulousness. When he joined the magnum opus project ‘Lagaan’ as actor and producer, he felt that it is something special. The film had a then-unprecedented budget and the shooting needed a huge preparation and would take almost six months to complete. Aamir wanted to capture this momentous journey and asked his friend, Satyajit Bhatkal to make a documentary on the making of ‘Lagaan’.  The Documentary titled ‘Chale Chalo: The lunacy of film making’ was never released publicly until now. Last Sunday on June 8th the documentary film was given a TV release. A special screening of the film was held at the Yash Raj Studios in Mumbai while simultaneously the film had its TV premier. 

A live interactive show was also held during the commercial breaks. The show, hosted by Karan Johar featured Aamir Khan and other important members of the cast and crew. Aamir’s present wife Kiran Rao was a regular crew member back then and it was the first time she and Aamir met. Director of ‘Lagaan’, Ashutosh Gowariker could not attend the event due to his prior commitments. During the show viewers called on phone and talked with Aamir and also sent him messages through Twitter. Members of the live audience also had questions for Aamir and the actor obliged them smilingly. He and the other guests shared their experiences of shooting the film. Aamir was visibly very emotional because the documentary was like a trip down the memory lane and brought back the many unique experiences they had while making the film. Commenting on this special occasion, Aamir Said, “I am so glad I can show this film to the nation. 

I am extremely happy for the first time we will see this film live. This film is about the journey of how we made Lagaan and we wanted to make it on record.”   He went to add further, “For me, this journey is now like a family album. I can even watch it 20 years down the line and enjoy it. I am so glad that the nation can watch it with us now.” The English version of the documentary titled, ‘Madness in the Desert’ also won a National film award in 2003 under the category of Best Exploration/Adventure Film. ‘Lagaan’ released in 2001 is considered a landmark in the history of Indian films. It was nominated for an Oscar and has won several Indian and international awards.