Aamir Khan and Asutosh Gowadikad have brought back the lost glory of Indian cinema since it had fallen on the wane after "Mother India". The film has broken off a new ground, though the plot dates back to 1898 at a locale of Champaran in Gujrat. Bhuban, the pivot character undauntedly recieves the challenge of the high-browsed British official in defeating the English team in the game of Cricket, which was virtually unknown to the poor peasants including the challenger.. The challenge is , however, based on brotherhood and struggle for emancipation from paying huge amount of Lagan or tax. By and by, the story rises to its climax. Bhuban leaves no stone unturned to convince his fellow-farmers. Though mastering the art of Cricket was a Herculan task for the villagers, they strained heart and soul. The kind lady Elizabeth focuses on the sympathetic aspect of a foreigner, who stands a symbol of justice in the story. Finally, the match is played. The match sequences are the underlining elements which cause heart-throbs. To make the huge amount of scores is , somewhat, a hard nut ti crack for the inexperienced villagers. But each player tries tooth and nail. Finally, triumph comes to the worshippers of diligence. The movie has been shot in a down to earth set-up with brilliant camera-work and outstanding music scored by A. R. Rahman. "Lagaan" is a manifestation of survival quest. The Britishers were playing for the sake of playing, while the poor peasants were playing for survival. Here lies the essence of this Oscar nominated movie.