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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 ...
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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When Subhash Ghai decided on putting Mahima Chaudhry in this movie, he changed her name from Ritu to Mahima cause the letter 'M" was lucky for a Subhash Ghai debut (Manisha Koirala and Madhuri Dixit). 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 »

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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Meri Mehbooba - Remix
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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Stereotypical CRAP !!!
14 February 2002 | by (Washington) – See all my reviews

This movie makes all of us NRIs or better known as ABCDs look like value-less and immoral pigs. Mr. Ghai should have actually researched the way of life of NRIs in America and UK before he even wrote the script on this movie. But as with all Hindi movie-makers, they don't even research the topic their movie is about and do something that unsophisticated Indian audiences would believe (which is just about everything on the big screen) This is the MAIN reason why most commercial Hindi films lack credibility and Pardes being one of the most notorious examples that supports my theory. One example of this increduality is how smoking and drinking are treated in this film. In India nobody smokes? drinks? Another is the assumption that Air India and more unbelievably Indian Airlines flies to American (and moreover to L.A. aka Vancoover, where the movie is filmed). In my life experiences, I have never ever met an NRI (or even a white guy) with the selfish, stuck up attitude as exuded by Amrish Puri's son in Pardes. So congratulations, Mr. Ghai, you have convinced several millions in India that us male NRIs are all egotistically womanizers and pigs. This treatment is also true for NRI females. Amrish Puri's wife in this movie is also portrayed as a "chudail" What's up with that? Well...you all know how I feel about this film. But I recommend you see it just to see how many stupid mistakes that Mr. Ghai has made.


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