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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 ...
Padma (Paddy)
Pavan Malhotra ...
Sharafat Ali (as Pawan Malhotra)
Rakesh Thareja ...
Paul
Ajay Nagrath ...
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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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American Dreams... Indian Soul


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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 »

Goofs

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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Friend: [Arjun is frantically playing the piano] You love Ganga
Arjun Saagar: No, I don't love Ganga
Arjun Saagar: Yes you do
Arjun Saagar: I don't!
Friend: You do!
Arjun Saagar: I don't!
Friend: You don't?
Arjun Saagar: I do!
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Written by Anand Bakshi
Composed by Nadeem Saifi and Shravan Rathod
Performed by Shankar Mahadevan, Sonu Nigam and Hema Sardesai
Courtesy of Tips Cassettes & Records Co.
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A sweet film
18 March 2001 | by (Cambridgeshire, England) – See all my reviews

Pardes is a beautiful film. Shahrukh Khan is stunning as usual. Newcomer Mahima Choudhary was fantastic. Usually female newcomers overact like Aish is Aur Pyar Ho Gaya but then she proved in HDDCS that she can act. Apoorva Agnihotri was very good as a villain.

Kishorilal (Amrish Puri) is coming back from America to India to see his friend, Suraj Dev (Alok Nath). Suraj Dev has a daughter called Ganga (Mahima Chouhary). He likes her and he wants an Indian girl for his "westernised" son, Rajiv (Apoorva Agnihotri). Kishorilal has another son who is adopted and who is not so westernised, Arjun (Shahrukh Khan). Rajiv and Arjun go to India. Arjun and Ganga are immediately friends. Ganga and Rajiv get on well too. Rajiv says that he likes her and wishes for her to go to America with them and see what life will be like after marriage. Ganga goes with her aunt (Himani Shivpuri). When Ganga reaches there she gets a few surprises..........

This is a must see film. I like the way Ganga only felt comfortable with Arjun and not her fiancee. Ganga could feel that she can only to talk to Arjun. Whenever he was not around she would get bored and lonely. The song "I love India" is fantastic. The film deserves a 9/10.


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