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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 ...
Potla
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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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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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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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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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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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