Set in 1893, in a rural background, Lagaan tells the story about oppressed
farmers who have a draconian tax levied upon them by the British. Bhuvan (Aamir
Khan), one of the farmers, decides to fight the imposition of taxes. The
commander of the British cantonment, Captain Russell (Paul Blackthorne) throws
out a challenge to the farmers. If they can win a match against the Britishers,
then the tax will be waived for three years. However, if the locals lose, they
have to pay thrice the amount.