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Swades (2004)





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A man searching for clues to his past pays a visit to the place where he was born in this drama laced with romance and music from India. Mohan Bhargava (Shah Rukh Khan) left the small village in India where he was born and raised to travel to the United States, where he worked as part of the American space program. But after the death of his parents, Mohan becomes nostalgic for his home and takes a leave of absence in order to visit Kaveri (Kishori Ballal), a woman who helped to raise him as a boy. While searching for Kaveri, Mohan becomes reacquainted with Gita (Gayatri Joshi), one of his friends from his school days who has stayed behind to serve the community as a teacher. Gita thinks little of Mohan's desire to bring Kaveri back to the United States with him, but she also finds herself struck by the charm and intelligence of the adult Mohan, and the two develop a strong infatuation. But many in the community have little regard for Mohan's accomplishments in the United States until he steps forward to help his old neighbors by revamping the village's antiquated electrical system.
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Shah Rukh Khan
as Mohan Bhargava
Vishwa S. Badola
as as Visshwa S. Badola
Kishori Ballal
as Kaveriamma
Lekh Tandon
as Dadaji - Freedom Fighter
Rajesh Vivek
as Nivaran Dayal Shrivastav
Farrukh Jaffar
as Fatima Bi
Raja Awasthi
as Panch Gungadin
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Critic Reviews for Swades

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

Gowariker's unforced shooting style is the same as in Lagaan, but this time is let down by a schematic, non-dramatic script.

Full Review… | December 21, 2004
Top Critic

The slow-burning Swades requires a bit of patience from its viewers, but such an investment is a minimal expense when the payoff is richly rewarding.

Full Review… | January 29, 2005

Audience Reviews for Swades

What at first seems to be a predictable, clichéd Bollywood romance turns out to be a surprisingly honest story full of heart and conviction that argues in favor of the importance and necessity of social changes (especially in India), offering a modern view on tradition and progress.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Swades is an indian movie in the general definition, same formula, a girl, a guy, girl opposes the guy, guy understands was wrong about something, he becomes a hero and everybody is happy.


If SRK wasn't in this one, it would have done worse than what it did. SRK should stop blindly working with directors only because their last movie was a big HIT with Aamir. He must learn something about scripts too. Hope he realizes it before it's too late!!! BTW, I heard recently that he's being approached by Ghajini fame director A.R. Murugadoss for his next movie. If it's so, hope he doesn't sign it unless the script is convincing enough.

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