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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 ...
Paul
Ajay Nagrath ...
Dabboo
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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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Trivia

Apurva Agnihotri's debut. See more »

Goofs

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

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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References The Glimmer Man (1996) See more »

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Title Music
Written by Anand Bakshi
Composed by Nadeem Saifi and Shravan Rathod
Performed by Sapna Awasthi
Courtesy of Tips Cassettes & Records Co.
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A Brilliant Film!
29 January 2001 | by (Bradford,England) – See all my reviews

This is an excellent film, Sharukh Khan gives an astounding performance as Arjun, Mahima Choudhary puts a lot of effort in to her character as the chemistry between Mahima and Sharukh shows throughout the film. This is a different film from the others as it concentrates on the differences between countries. The songs in the film are also meaningful and romantic. Overall, this film is one of my favourite films.


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