Posted: Tue., Feb. 5, 2002, 4:14pm PT

SPC googly for 'Lagaan'

Sony nabs rights to India's Oscar entry

Sony Pictures Classics has taken domestic distribution rights to "Lagaan," India's entry for the foreign-language film Oscar.

Winner of the Prix du Public award at the Locarno film fest, "Lagaan" already has played in the U.S., exclusively in theaters catering to Indian auds. SPC plans to release the pic this spring across the country, to bring it to mainstream audiences.

Set in 1893, "Lagaan" is a romantic epic about the village of Champaner. The residents' economic fate hangs on a game of cricket with British soldiers.

Pic was produced by Aamir Khan. Reena Datta executive produced the Aashutosh Gowariker-helmed film. Writers are Gowariker, Kumar Dave, Sanjay Dayma and K.P. Saxena. Aamir Khan, Gracy Singh, Rachael Shelley and Paul Blackthorne star.


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