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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.

Director:

Ashutosh Gowariker

Writers:

M.G. Sathya (story), Ashutosh Gowariker (story) | 8 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shah Rukh Khan ... Mohan Bhargava
Gayatri Joshi ... Gita
Kishori Ballal Kishori Ballal ... Kaveri amma
Smit Sheth ... Chiku (as Master Smith Seth)
Lekh Tandon ... Dadaji - Freedom Fighter
Rajesh Vivek ... Nivaran Dayal Shrivastav
Daya Shankar Pandey ... Mela Ram (as Dayashanker Pandey)
Farrukh Jaffar Farrukh Jaffar ... Fatima Bi
Vishnudutt Gaur Vishnudutt Gaur
Raja Awasthi Raja Awasthi
Vishwa Mohan Badola Vishwa Mohan Badola ... (as Visshwa S. Badola)
Bhim Vakani Bhim Vakani
Rahul Vohra Rahul Vohra ... Vinod (as Rahul Vora)
Rajesh Balwani Rajesh Balwani
Bachan Pachehra Bachan Pachehra ... (as Bachan Pachera)
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

We, the people

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi | English

Release Date:

17 December 2004 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Swades See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$424,804, 19 December 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,223,240

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,570,413
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Blu-ray)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | Dolby SR | Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Ashutosh Gowariker was the voice of Shahrukh Khan in the song "Pal Pal Hai Bhari". See more »

Goofs

In the scene when Mohan Bhargava installs turbine for electricity generation, the turbine's blades are seen as "forward curved". However with forward curved blades, losses are significantly high and normally they are not used in turbines. Sometimes where they are used, an additional pressure turbine is used, but that was not there in the movie. See more »

Quotes

Mohan Bhargav: I'm only speaking of things I've experienced while living here. And that is that we keep fighting among ourselves when we must fight against illiteracy, over-population & corruption. Everyday, in our streets & homes, each one of us keeps saying their is no future of this country. This country is on the path of destruction. If we keep saying this, we will one day actually land up there. You'll need to do something about this. You too! Not just the members of the Panchayat but everyone in the ...
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Features Procession of Memories (1973) See more »

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Pal Pal Hai Bhaari
Instrumental: Flute
Composed by A.R. Rahman
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User Reviews

 
Sincere effort with flashes of brilliance
23 December 2004 | by pathaniavSee all my reviews

This is definitely worth watching. The direction is restrained, SRK has acted really well after a long time, and there is a naive yet charming idealism underpinning the movie. It could have been a tad shorter, crisper editing would have helped. BO-wise it is a risky movie - unapologetic in its depiction of poverty and almost childlike in its appeal to NRIs and India's middle class to acknowledge poverty and try to do something about it. Gowarikar's heart is in the right place - the shots with the family unable to pay land rents, and the waterboy were graceful and poignant. My hunch is that regardless of BO fate, this is an important movie and will be referred to for year to come.


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