Swades 2004 movies review

Swades: We, the People (स्वदेस transl. Homeland) is a 2004 Indian Hindi-language drama film written, produced and directed by Ashutosh Gowariker. The film stars Shah Rukh Khan, Gayatri Joshi, Kishori Ballal in lead roles, with Daya Shankar Pandey, Rajesh Vivek, Lekh Tandon appearing in supporting roles and Makrand Deshpande in a special appearance.

The plot was based on two episodes of the series Vaapsi on Zee TV’s Yule Love Stories (1994–95) which had Gowariker playing the role of Mohan Bhargav. The story of the lead role setting up a micro hydroelectric project to generate electricity was reported to be inspired by the 2003 Kannada movie Chigurida Kanasu which was based on the novel of the same name by Jnanapith awardee K. Shivaram Karanth and Bapu Kuti by Rajni Bakshi.

The music and background score was composed by A. R. Rahman, with lyrics penned by Javed Akhtar. The film was theatrically released on 17 December 2004, and it opened to rave reviews from critics praising the performances of Khan, Joshi and Ballal, and the story, screenplay, and music. It was dubbed in Tamil as Desam and released on 26 January 2005, coinciding with Indian Republic Day. The film is owned by Red Chillies Entertainment. Though the film was not a huge commercial success, its was regarded ahead of its time and is now considered a cult classic of Hindi cinema. Shahrukh’s performance in this film is regarded as among the best performances of his career.

Mohan Bhargava is a non-resident Indian who works as a Project Manager on the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) program at NASA in the United States. Mohan came to U. S. for college studies and kept on living there after his parents in India died in a car accident. He keeps worrying about Kaveri Amma, a nanny at his home in Uttar Pradesh who looked after him during his childhood days. After his parents’ death, Kaveri Amma went to live in an old age home in Delhi and eventually lost contact with Mohan. Mohan wishes to go to India and bring Kaveri Amma back with him to the U. S. Due to the recent success of Phase I of his project, he takes a few weeks off and travels to India. He goes to the old age home but learns that Kaveri Amma no longer lives there and went to a village named Charanpur a year ago. Mohan then decides to travel to Charanpur, in Uttar Pradesh.

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