Lagaan actor Yashpal Sharma on playing Lakha: I was ready to do the film for Rs 20,000 but got Rs 2 lakh


Finally when I met Reena Dutta, she told me their budget was limited and they were paying Rs 1.5 lakh to every actor. But the difficult part for Sharma was his remuneration. I’ll never forget that because you won’t find a director who’s injected the story so deeply inside him, that he didn’t even look at the script,” Sharma said while recalling how he was amazed at Gowariker’s clarity about the story.https://images.indianexpress.com/2020/08/1×1.png
Lakha, a woodcutter, was one of the main men of the village, who had his eyes on Gauri (Gracy Singh) and did everything to impress her. I couldn’t believe it as I was still a struggler then. I was shocked and also happy that I got double than what I expected,” Sharma said. Yashpal Sharma added that he thought Lakha was the only role that had some dimensions, but wasn’t sure if it was available. Then I thought what if they refuse and sign someone else. The Indian Express website has been rated GREEN for its credibility and trustworthiness by Newsguard, a global service that rates news sources for their journalistic standards. But I got to know Ashutosh Gowariker wanted to see me. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines
For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App. “I though I’ll demand Rs 1 lakh since it’s a big production. As Lagaan clocks 20 years on June 15, Yashpal Sharma went down the memory lane of playing the anti-hero in the blockbuster film. Ultimately I thought I’ll lock it at Rs 50,000. It further received a nomination in the best foreign language film category at the Academy Awards 2002. Lakha was one of the batsmen in the team of Champaner. Also because I had no work, I knew I would’ve still done it in Rs 20,000 (laughs). I had just done a few films like Shool, Arjun Pandit, Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa and Samar. “Ashutosh just told me to grow my hair,” he added. “Ashutosh told me he wants me to audition for Lakha only. Written by Mimansa Shekhar
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June 14, 2021 8:41:46 am

Yashpal Sharma played the role of Lakha in Lagaan (2001). “Lagaan’s casting had already been done. I auditioned for it and left the office. After that, the only character that was worth doing was Lakha,” Sharma exclusively told indianexpress.com. Don't Miss These StoriesKannada actor Sanchari Vijay has 'brain failure', family to donate his organsWho will finish Sushant Singh Rajput's sweet song of life now?Ankita Lokhande's video featuring Sushant will move you to tearsClick here for more

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Yashpal Sharma sported the look that was designed for Lakha on paper. © IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd

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Lagaan I came down to 80,000 rupees in my head. I just blabbered that I wanted Rs 2 lakh at least, and she agreed. Within five minutes I received a text that I was selected.”
According to Sharma, Gowariker was thoroughly impressed and had sent his audition clip to Aamir, who was with music director AR Rahman in Chennai at that time. (Photo: Express Archives)
Actor Yashpal Sharma says he wouldn’t have played any other character but Lakha in Lagaan, even if given a chance. 📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. It was only in the end that I got a call from Aamir Khan Productions. Lagaan was directed by Ashutosh Gowariker and marked Aamir Khan’s debut as a producer. I met him at Aamir’s office and in four hours, he narrated the entire story to me while walking around the room. (Photo: Screenshot/Netflix)
Sharing the interesting story, Sharma revealed that post his selection, Gowariker asked him to meet Aamir Khan’s then wife Reena Dutta, who was the producer of Lagaan. I thought someone was playing a prank. “The two main roles of hero and villain – Bhuvan and Captain Andrew Russell, were already given to Aamir Khan and Paul Blackthorne. And since Gauri was in love with Bhuvan (Aamir Khan), Lakha wished to disrupt Bhuvan’s cricket game against the British, until he has a change of heart and ends up siding with the people of Champaner.