Swades (2004)
"Swades: We, the People" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama  |  17 December 2004 (India)
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A successful Indian scientist returns to an Indian village to take his nanny to America with him and in the process rediscovers his roots.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mohan Bhargava
Gayatri Joshi ...
Kishori Balal ...
Kaveri amma
Smith Seth ...
Chiku (as Master Smith Seth)
Lekh Tandon ...
Dadaji - Freedom Fighter
Rajesh Vivek ...
Nivaran Dayal Shrivastav
Daya Shankar Pandey ...
Mela Ram
Farrukh Jaffar ...
Fatima Bi
Vishnudutt Gaur
Raja Awasthi
Vishwa S. Badola ...
(as Visshwa S. Badola)
Bhim Vakani
Rahul Vohra ...
Vinod (as Rahul Vora)
Rajesh Balwani
Bachan Pachehra ...
(as Bachan Pachera)


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 Anonymous

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We, the people




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Release Date:

17 December 2004 (India)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£96,842 (UK) (17 December 2004)


$1,223,240 (USA) (4 February 2005)

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Wasiu M. Brion song "Bollywood" (Tribute to Madlib) remixed the song " Ahista Ahista" . See more »


When Mohan speaks to his colleague Vinod for the first time from postmaster's office in charanpur, the background shows daylight, also vinod's background shows broad daylight, however, due to geography, it should be night time, at one of the places. See more »


Mela Ram: Apni chaukhat ka diya, giving light to neighbor's house
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Features Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973) See more »


Pal Pal Hai Bhaari
Instrumental: Flute
Composed by A.R. Rahman
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Sincere effort with flashes of brilliance
23 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is definitely worth watching. The direction is restrained, SRK has acted really well after a long time, and there is a naive yet charming idealism underpinning the movie. It could have been a tad shorter, crisper editing would have helped. BO-wise it is a risky movie - unapologetic in its depiction of poverty and almost childlike in its appeal to NRIs and India's middle class to acknowledge poverty and try to do something about it. Gowarikar's heart is in the right place - the shots with the family unable to pay land rents, and the waterboy were graceful and poignant. My hunch is that regardless of BO fate, this is an important movie and will be referred to for year to come.

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