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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Arjun Saagar
Kusum Ganga (as Mahima Chaudhary)
Apoorva Agnihotri ...
Rajiv (as Apurva Agnihotri)
Alok Nath ...
Suraj Dev (Ganga's father)
Himani Shivpuri ...
Padmavati Rao ...
Madhuri Bhatia ...
Dina Pathak ...
Dadi Maa
Benu Kalsi ...
Krishna Maa
Smita Jaykar ...
Padma (Paddy)
Pavan Malhotra ...
Sharafat Ali (as Pawan Malhotra)
Rakesh Thareja ...
Ajay Nagrath ...
Aditya Narayan ...


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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American Dreams... Indian Soul


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8 December 1997 (India)  »

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The lead role of 'Ganga' was exclusively written for 'Madhuri Dixit'but madhuri had some issues with Subhash Ghai during filming of 'Khalnayak' so opted out of the movie. See more »


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 »


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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References The Glimmer Man (1996) See more »


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Awful portrayal of Americans and NRIs
10 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am so glad there are many other posters who feel the same way as I do about this movie. Mr.Ghai portrays Americans and American born Indians in a very poor light while making Indians all saintly and virtuous. Don't people smoke in India? Or drink? Or lust women?

Patriotism is a nice thing. But it is cruel to falsely depict other cultures under the pretext of patriotism. Unfortunately, the only way many Indians know anything about Americans is through movies. Movies like this spoil it for Americans and NRIs, because people just jump into conclusion without ever having met an American. And opinions formed from movies like this is why I have to continually argue with friends who try to tell me what a horrible idea it was for me to marry a white American! In all honesty, I think he has way more "family values" than some Indians I had considered as potential candidates to marry. (I still hold my Indian citizenship and don't plan to renounce it and love visiting India and Indian culture - in case any of you are wondering if I fit into the India-hating category. No, I don't hate India at all!).

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