Lagaan Movie Review in Management Perspective

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Movie Review - Lagaan

The movie Lagaan ( English: Land Tax) is a 2001 Indian epic musical sports drama film written and directed by Ashutosh Gowariker. The film set is in the Victorian period of India’s colonial British raj and revolves around the peasants from barren village who are oppressed by high taxes imposed by their rulers. They attempt to persuade the British officers to reduce the taxes because of poor agricultural production due to drought season. Instead, a wager is offered: If their village team beats a British team in the game of cricket, their taxes for three years would be cancelled. After accepting this wager, the villagers face the arduous task of learning an alien game and playing for a result that will change their village’s destiny.

In the movie, it has been very evident that Bhuvan (Aamir Khan) is a kind of person which we do consider as a leader. From his attitude down to his actions, we can really say that by his heart, he really do know how to lead. There has been an approach in the management course with regards to leadership, the Trait Approach to Leadership. This approach mainly is based on early leadership research that assumed a good leader is born. In the movie, there have been a scene where in Bhuvan’s mother have said that Bhuvan mainly inherit some of the characteristics of his father, being as high spirited as he is – a leader. With the wager being offered, Bhuvan have mainly seen it as an opportunity for them to get rid of the said tax, lagaan. But the the whole village oppose to what Bhuvan believe. They have said that Bhuvan is selfish, which really don’t even think that the wager being accepted will generally lead them to calamity. The villagers aren’t like Bhuvan. They don’t even try to believe in such opportunity to happen. In the Tannenbaum and Schmidt Leadership Continuum, the most important is the leader’s task of making decision. With these, Bhuvan sees to it that the decision being made by him, not just only...
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