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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 ...
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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 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

When Subhash Ghai was making this film he had anounced that, this film Pardes is a small film not big films like his previous films like Saudagar & Khalnayak. So the publicity and everything was underplayed. But when this film was ready for release he had promoted this film in a big grand way, as if it was a big film and it suprised everyone. See more »

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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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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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stereotypical, contrived, hard to believe movie.
21 September 2000 | by (atlanta USA) – See all my reviews

Kishorilal (Amrish Puri) is a successful business man in California and is visiting his friend Suraj Dev (Alok Nath) in India. He sees Ganga, Suraj Dev's daughter and decides that she will make a good bride for his son Rajiv (Apoorva). There is a good song 'I love my India' at that time of the story.

Kishorilal sends his son Rajiv to India to meet Ganga. He also sends Arjun (Shahrukh Khan) with him. Arjun had been orphaned at a young age and Kishorilal took care of him. Later Ganga gets engaged to Rajiv and flys to USA for a month after which marriage was supposed to take place. But Ganga finds Arjun to be a better person than Rajiv and like a typical Hindi movie we have the hero, heroine and the villain. There is another good slow song 'Do dil, mil rahe hai. Magar Chupke Chupke.'

The story had lot of weaknesses. Like Ganga sees a Cobra in Rajiv's bedroom and starts to pray to the snake! I don't think that is a normal behaviour. My wife screams to glory when she sees a cockroach.

Also Arjun's role was quite conveniently changed from a part of kishorilal's family to that of a servant latter in the movie. Ganga had suspicions about Rajiv's character because he smoked! Millions smoke in India. Rajiv was shown to have girlfriends whereas Arjun had none. And Arjun was the musical type, strumming his guitar and singing and still is single. Visas are easily available to Ganga and her aunt. There is a police commissioner in California! Rajiv's role is another puzzling part. He is shown to want Ganga but behaves horridly with her.

So the story had lot of holes which is expected of hindi movies. Subhash Ghai did not spend enough time with the movie to think it through. He, I think got couple of songs written and weaved the movie around it.


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