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Pardes (1997)

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 »
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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 ... 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 ... Dabboo
Aditya Narayan ... Potla
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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 (25) »

Taglines:

American Dreams... Indian Soul

Genres:

Drama | Musical | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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 »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Subhash Ghai hated Shah Rukh before the making of Pardes Ghai had shaken hands with Shah Rukh in 1991 and told people that of Khan was a dog. If Shah Rukh ever became famous he would destroy everyone with his success and bad attitude. When Ghai met Khan again at the party of Kabhi Haan Kahbi Naa, he saw a more human side to Shah Rukh. Khan was taking care of Gauri and her parents. This would trigger of the idea of casting Shah Rukh in Trimurti. 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

Kusum Ganga: [after learning of Rajeev's ex-girlfriend] Everything that happened was wrong, everything! And you're the one responsible!
Arjun Saagar: Me?
Kusum Ganga: Yes, you! Aren't you the one who told me Rajeev is like this, Rajeev is like that.
[reveals intimate pictures of Rajeev and Kelly]
Kusum Ganga: THIS is what Rajeev is like!
Arjun Saagar: Now, Ganaga, you'll have to learn to adjust to these small matters...
Kusum Ganga: A smalll matter? This is a small matter? A small matter? THIS is what you call small! Look, I don't want wan't to live is some palace made of ...
[...]
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Soundtracks

Title Music
Written by Anand Bakshi
Composed by Nadeem Saifi and Shravan Rathod
Performed by Sapna Awasthi
Courtesy of Tips Cassettes & Records Co.
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Perfect son-in-law
4 June 2005 | by MadameMovieSee all my reviews

The character of Shah Rukh Khan in this movie, is the perfect son-in-law. I think every girl who sees him in this movie would fall in love with his character Arjun. This unselfish boy, who is brought up in a home where some of them treated him like dirt.

The persons I truly disliked were the 2aunts. Looking like witches and being really arrogant about the money they owned and their dislikes of any one with less money (I call it the American syndrome). Mahima Choudrey was and is gorgeous, the role of Ganga was really a bit too much, but I could understand her point of view.

The scene with the snake was quit weird, the director could have solved that in another way. Don't know what the point was of this particular scene. Also the last song of the movie was totally uncalled for. I won't spoil it by saying why, but that song could have been edited somewhere else in the movie.


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