7.0/10
12,090
22 user 7 critic

Foreign Land (1997)

Pardes (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 8 December 1997 (India)
Kishorilal wants an Indian bride for his westernised son. He gets him engaged to Ganga, his friend's daughter, and brings her to USA. But she shares a deeper bond with Arjun, Kishorilal's foster son.

Director:

Subhash Ghai

Writers:

Subhash Ghai (screenplay), Subhash Ghai (story) | 2 more credits »
Reviews
4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Yes Boss (1997)
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Rahul Joshi wants to be a successful businessman so he works hard for his boss Siddharth. One day Rahul meets Seema, an up and coming model, and he feels like he's finally met his match. Will Seema fall for Rahul?

Director: Aziz Mirza
Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Juhi Chawla, Aditya Pancholi
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A grand musical about three passionate and dreamy characters: Rahul, Pooja and Nisha. Will their dreams come true? Will they find their true love?

Director: Yash Chopra
Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Karisma Kapoor
King (1999)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A small time detective is mistaken as a CBI agent and gets embroiled in a deadly mission to save the Chief Minister from an assassination attempt.

Directors: Abbas Alibhai Burmawalla, Mastan Alibhai Burmawalla
Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Twinkle Khanna, Amrish Puri
Baazigar (1993)
Crime | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A young man with a vendetta against a business tycoon seduces and kills his eldest daughter and then proceeds to his younger daughter but she begins to suspect her new lover's ulterior motive.

Directors: Abbas Alibhai Burmawalla, Mastan Alibhai Burmawalla
Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Dalip Tahil
Musical | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Holding a degree in engineering; Raj Mathur alias Raju finds that his talent is wasted in the village so he decides to re-locate to Bombay. In Bombay he faces challenges in finding the ... See full summary »

Director: Aziz Mirza
Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Juhi Chawla, Nana Patekar
Crazy (1992)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Kajal is a beautiful and talented young woman who loves songs and dances and attends various shows. At one of the shows she attended she gets to meet Ravi, a popular singer and both are ... See full summary »

Director: Raj Kanwar
Stars: Rishi Kapoor, Divya Bharti, Shah Rukh Khan
Consequence (1994)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Vijay falls in love Shivani and proposes her only to be rejected every time. However his love turns into an obsession and turns her life into a hell.

Director: Rahul Rawail
Stars: Madhuri Dixit, Shah Rukh Khan, Tinnu Anand
Fear (1993)
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Darr is a girl's (Kiran) story caught between one man's (Sunil) love and another man's (Rahul) obsession.

Director: Yash Chopra
Stars: Juhi Chawla, Sunny Deol, Shah Rukh Khan
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Sunil and some of his friends start a band and perform at weddings and special occasions. Sunil is in love with Aana but Aana loves Chris; when Sunil finds out about this he decides to ... See full summary »

Director: Kundan Shah
Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Suchitra Krishnamoorthi, Deepak Tijori
Love Stories (2000)
Musical | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A film about the battle between love and fear, between two stubborn men and their opposing beliefs and the outcome of the love stories of 3 couples.

Director: Aditya Chopra
Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Uday Chopra
Action | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Karan and Arjun reincarnate in the different parts of the country. But the faith of their previous mother brings them together in order to avenge their death.

Director: Rakesh Roshan
Stars: Rakhee Gulzar, Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan
Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An army major goes undercover as a college student. His mission is both professional and personal: to protect his general's daughter from a radical militant, and to find his estranged half-brother.

Director: Farah Khan
Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Sushmita Sen, Sunil Shetty
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shah Rukh Khan ... Arjun Saagar
Mahima Chaudhry ... Kusum Ganga (as Mahima Chaudhary)
Amrish Puri ... Kishorilal
Apoorva Agnihotri ... Rajiv (as Apurva Agnihotri)
Alok Nath ... Suraj Dev (Ganga's father)
Himani Shivpuri ... Kulwanti
Padmavati Rao Padmavati Rao ... Narmada
Madhuri Bhatia Madhuri Bhatia ... Neeta
Dina Pathak ... Dadi Maa
Benu Kalsi Benu Kalsi ... Krishna Maa
Smita Jaykar ... Padma (Paddy)
Pavan Malhotra ... Sharafat Ali (as Pawan Malhotra)
Rakesh Thareja Rakesh Thareja ... Paul
Ajay Nagrath Ajay Nagrath ... Dabboo
Aditya Narayan ... Potla
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

love | kabbadi | bridge | train | singing | See All (24) »

Taglines:

American Dreams... Indian Soul

Genres:

Drama | Musical | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

8 December 1997 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Foreign Land See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mukta Arts See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

I Love My India was sampled from Dance of Saraswati by Kitaro. See more »

Goofs

When Ganga is throwing the vase at Arjun the door opens and closes between shots. When Arjun is standing up the door is open but when he ducks down the door is closed and then the door goes back to open when he stands up again. 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!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in War Chhod Na Yaar (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Title Music
Written by Anand Bakshi
Composed by Nadeem Saifi and Shravan Rathod
Performed by Sapna Awasthi
Courtesy of Tips Cassettes & Records Co.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Excellent Movie!
6 February 2005 | by Abusimble1See all my reviews

I watched Pardes about 3 days ago. It was midnight and I had no wish to see a movie which was three hours long. I was going to only see about the first 30 minutes of it but this movie was so good that I watched it all the way through.

Many reviewers have said that this film is 'Anti-American' propaganda and 'stereotypes' NRIs. As an NRI myself, I must greatly DISAGREE with conclusions like these. This movie is nothing short of a masterpiece.

The exaggerations of Indian morals and of western vices are done for a reason, and a very good reason at that. The director shows the audience the best of India and the worst of America to make the viewer appreciate the Indian culture our parents try to impart to us. Granted, there are some lines that the American 'bad son' (Rajiv) says which are ridiculous and comical, such as:

---------------------------------------------------------------- Paul: We are going to India? To fight? Rajiv: Yes. Paul: But that is not right. Rajiv: Why? Paul: We are not bad people Rajiv, we are good Indians. Rajiv: (While shaking his head) But I am bad, Paul! -----------------------------------------------------------------

In all candor, I don't know of any Americans who speak like this (or of any other human beings for that matter). The movie has hyperbole like this throughout it. However, let us put all the cards on the table at this point.....

I know for a fact that many NRIs look upon their homeland with disdain. They won't even visit it, much less want to stay there. But guess what? This movie isn't aimed at that audience. It is aimed at Indians who have not forgotten that without the culture imparted by their motherland, they would never be as successful, nor have the extended families we take for granted. Basically, if you're an ABCD or an NRI with little attachment to India, you won't enjoy this movie, probably because many immigrants adopt the ways of the denizens (just human nature to do so I suppose).

Lastly: I'm going to be starting medical school next year and I'll definitely be taking this movie with me. If I should forget who I am......what I am.....I know that I can watch this film and remember. A Hindustani.


20 of 24 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 22 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Top Rated and Trending Indian Movies

Check out the Indian movies with the highest ratings from IMDb users, as well as the movies that are trending in real time.

Stream Comedy Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular comedy titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed