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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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The mahurat (start-of-filming prayer) was done on 2 January 2004 and was given by Aamir Khan. See more »


in the beginning, when they are showing the names of directors and then show the name of the movie in English, Hindi and Urdu, they make an error in spelling "swades", they spell it in a way that it would sound "sodes". They missed the alphabet "alif" See more »


Fatima Bi: Apne hi paani me mil jaana barf ka muqqadar hota hai.
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Saanwariya Saanwariya
Sung by Alka Yagnik
Lyrics by Javed Akhtar
Composed by A.R. Rahman
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Deftly covers a wide spectrum of themes - an excellent achievement
17 December 2004 | by (London , UK) – See all my reviews

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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