Kishorilal wants an Indian bride for his "westernised" son. He gets him engaged to Ganga, his friend's daughter, and brings her to USA. But she falls in love with Arjun, Kishorilal's foster son.

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Arjun Saagar
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Kishorilal
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Kusum Ganga (as Mahima Chaudhary)
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Rajiv (as Apurva Agnihotri)
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Suraj Dev (Ganga's father)
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Kulwanti
Padmavati Rao ...
Narmada
Madhuri Bhatia ...
Neeta
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Dadi Maa
Benu Kalsi ...
Krishna Maa
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Padma (Paddy)
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Sharafat Ali (as Pawan Malhotra)
Rakesh Thareja ...
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Storyline

This film takes a serious look at the lives of Westernized Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) in North America (Whereas Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge was about NRIs with Indian hearts, Pardes is about Westernized NRIs.) and hence the meaning of the title - "foreign land". Kishorilal is a successful businessman settled in America but still emotionally attached to his motherland - India. So the pardesi comes to India with his "American" son Rajiv to find a suitable '"Indian" girl for him. Kishorilal hopes his soon-to-be daughter in law will instill some Indian values in his extremely westernized son. He finds his daughter in law in Kusum Ganga (a pet Subhash Ghai name just as Chandni was Yash Chopra's favorite for a long time) in the house of his childhood friend Suraj Dev. Mahima Chaudhary makes her debut as Ganga. To finalize the marriage he sends his son along with his foster son Arjun to India. Arjun plays Cupid and returns to America with Kusum and Rajiv. Arjun comes into the movie to get ... Written by Aman Bakhsh

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American Dreams... Indian Soul

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Trivia

Subhash Ghai recently revealed in an interview that after casting Shahrukh Khan, his production team had thought of casting Madhuri Dixit as Ganga and Salman Khan as Rajiv. However, Ghai felt that the role of Ganga demanded a new and innocent face, and audiences would not want to see Salman Khan in a negative role, so he opted for newcomers instead. See more »

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Mahima Chaudhary's picture appears in the front page of the New York Times, but the whole movie is set in Los Angeles, California. See more »

Quotes

Kusum Ganga: [after learning of Rajeev's ex-girlfriend] Everything that happened was wrong, everything! And you're the one responsible!
Arjun Saagar: Me?
Kusum Ganga: Yes, you! Aren't you the one who told me Rajeev is like this, Rajeev is like that.
[reveals intimate pictures of Rajeev and Kelly]
Kusum Ganga: THIS is what Rajeev is like!
Arjun Saagar: Now, Ganaga, you'll have to learn to adjust to these small matters...
Kusum Ganga: A smalll matter? This is a small matter? A small matter? THIS is what you call small! Look, I don't want wan't to live is some palace made of ...
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I Love My India - II
Written by Anand Bakshi
Composed by Nadeem Saifi and Shravan Rathod
Performed by Kavita Krishnamurthy
Courtesy of Tips Cassettes & Records Co.
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Good movie But reminds you of Dil vale dulhaniya le jayenge
5 December 1998 | by (usa) – See all my reviews

Mahima Choudhary acted very well considering that it was her first film. Overall a good family movie without violence and sex for a change.


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