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Pardes (1997)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Arjun Saagar
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Kishorilal
Mahima Chaudhry ...
Kusum Ganga (as Mahima Chaudhary)
Apoorva Agnihotri ...
Rajiv (as Apurva Agnihotri)
Alok Nath ...
Suraj Dev (Ganga's father)
Himani Shivpuri ...
Kulwanti
Padmavati Rao ...
Narmada
Madhuri Bhatia ...
Neeta
Dina Pathak ...
Dadi Maa
Benu Kalsi ...
Krishna Maa
Smita Jaykar ...
Pavan Malhotra ...
Sharafat Ali (as Pawan Malhotra)
Rakesh Thareja ...
Paul
Ajay Nagrath ...
Dabboo
Aditya Narayan ...
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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 bahu will instill some Indian values in his extremely westernized beta. He finds his bahu 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 the American-boy to ... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Juhi Chawla was considered for the role of Ganga, but Subhash Ghai was so impressed with Mahima Chaudhry that he gave her the role. See more »

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When Ganga is throwing the vase at Arjun the door opens and closes between shots. When Arjun is standing up the door is open but when he ducks down the door is closed and then the door goes back to open when he stands up again. See more »

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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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Written by Anand Bakshi
Composed by Nadeem Saifi and Shravan Rathod
Performed by Kumar Sanu and Alka Yagnik
Courtesy of Tips Cassettes & Records Co.
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Overlong and predictable, but good Shahrukh and lovely songs
28 February 2009 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Pardes is very long and a touch predictable. Still, it's not a bad watch and could have been a good film with better editing. Shahrukh gives an uncharacteristically restrained performance, although he does go over the top towards the end. Mahima is charming but overdoes the cuteness. Amrish Puri is solid as usual. Apoorva Agnihotri is weak. The songs are great. I specially liked the gentle "Do Dil Mil Rahen Hain". The film goes overboard in its depiction of NRIs and I can understand why some reviewers hate it. The patriotism on display could have been toned down. Still watchable on TV/DVD.

Overall 6/10


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