Naina, an introverted, perpetually depressed girl's life changes when she meets Aman. But Aman has a secret of his own which changes their lives forever. Embroiled in all this is Rohit, Naina's best friend who conceals his love for her.
Ron Reid Jr.
Shah Rukh Khan,
Saif Ali Khan
The story of six young Indians who assist an English Woman to film a documentary on the extremist freedom fighters from their past, and the events that lead them to relive the long forgotten saga of freedom.
A young man and woman - both of Indian descent but born and raised in Britain - fall in love during a trip to Switzerland. However, the girl's traditional father takes her back to India to fulfill a betrothal promise.
Set in modern day India, Swades is a film that tackles the issues that development throws up on a grass root level. It is to this India, which is colorful, heterogeneous and complex that Mohan Bhargava (Shah Rukh Khan), a bright young scientist working as a project manager in NASA, returns to on a quest to find his childhood nanny. The film uses the contrast between the highly developed world of NASA, which has been at the forefront of advances in space research, and this world back home in India, which is at the crossroads of development. Mohan's simple quest becomes the journey that every one of us goes through in search of that metaphysical and elusive place called "home". Written by
The Book "BAPU KUTI" which firstly inspired Ashutosh Gowarikar about the idea of Movie "Swades" and is acknowledged in the starting of the movie is shown in the bookstore scene when Sharukh Khan was at the counter billing books for Gayatri Joshi. See more »
In the book store where Mohan meets Geeta for the first time, while billing he mistakenly checks the price for Hindi book "Bal Bharti" and bills for Mathematics. See more »
Deftly covers a wide spectrum of themes - an excellent achievement
As an Indian born in another country I felt myself agreeing with Sharukh's character at times, and this empathy led me to enjoy this movie thoroughly. Despite the odd gratuitous song (popcorn break for me) with rather over-the-top lyrics this movie covered a tremendous amount of ground, from dealing with one's identity to the delicate trade-off between material ambitions and spiritual fulfillment, as well as the importance and drawbacks to preserving an ancient culture. I feel these themes were handled deftly by the director, but don't expect a Lagaan - this movie shines for different reasons, however, I can expect stubborn fans of the "traditional" Indian movie formats to be a little put off. The film certainly has a more modern flair fused with traditional elements - which to me, was a refreshing change.
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