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Swades (2004) Poster

(2004)

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For authenticity, Ashutosh Gowariker shot a scene at Launch Pad 39A, at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA. This is the first Indian film to actually be shot inside the NASA research center.
Mohan Bhargava is working on a rainfall monitoring satellite known as the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM), which is lifted into an orbit aboard a Space Shuttle. The GPM is an actual NASA mission, was launched in 2014.
Ashutosh Gowariker first offered Hritik Roshan the lead role, but he declined saying his image didn't go with the character.
The mahurat (start-of-filming prayer) was done on 2 January 2004 and was given by Aamir Khan.
When Mohan and the villagers get together in the school for a celebration, we can see a blackboard in the background with a design drawn on it with chalk. That design is actually the logo of Ashutosh Gowariker Productions.
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.
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Swades is mostly based on life story of Ravikuchimanchi and Aravinda a couple who returned to India and They actually built a mini reservoir and Pedal power in the village of Bilagaon , Maharashtra.
Ashutosh Gowariker originally wanted Hrithik Roshan to play the lead role but he declined. The role then went to Shah Rukh Khan.
Ashutosh Gowariker was the voice of Shahrukh Khan in the song "Pal Pal Hai Bhari".
Since the making of the film was so close to Shahrukh's heart, he could not bear to see it end and hence he never saw the film. "Making Swades was such an emotionally overwhelming experience that I never saw the finished product. Didn't want the feeling to end." - Shahrukh Khan
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Aamir Khan was also offered the film but he rejected the offer saying he got bored with it.
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The film was originally titled " Desh" but changed later to " Swades".
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Wasiu M. Brion song "Bollywood" (Tribute to Madlib) remixed the song " Ahista Ahista" .
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Cameo 

Aamir Khan: among the child artists shown in the movie Yadon Ki Baraat.

Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

The amount of water seen flowing through the spring can never be enough for generating enough electricity.
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