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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

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Because of the super hit music of Pardes, Subhash Ghai presented 2 cars to Nadeem and Shravan as gift. 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!
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Do Dil Mil Rahe Hain
Written by Anand Bakshi
Composed by Nadeem Saifi and Shravan Rathod
Performed by Kumar Sanu
Courtesy of Tips Cassettes & Records Co.
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Overlong and predictable, but good Shahrukh and lovely songs
28 February 2009 | by long-fordSee all my reviews

Pardes is very long and a touch predictable. Still, it's not a bad watch and could have been a good film with better editing. Shahrukh gives an uncharacteristically restrained performance, although he does go over the top towards the end. Mahima is charming but overdoes the cuteness. Amrish Puri is solid as usual. Apoorva Agnihotri is weak. The songs are great. I specially liked the gentle "Do Dil Mil Rahen Hain". The film goes overboard in its depiction of NRIs and I can understand why some reviewers hate it. The patriotism on display could have been toned down. Still watchable on TV/DVD.

Overall 6/10


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