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Swades(स्वदेस)

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India

2004

Rated G • 3h 9m

Director Ashutosh Gowariker

Starring Shah Rukh Khan, Gayatri Joshi, Kishori Balal, Smith Seth

Genre Drama

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Mohan Bhargava is a successful young scientist working as a project manager at NASA, who returns home to India in order to take his childhood nanny with him back to the United States. In the process of looking for her, Mohan rediscovers his roots, and sees India in a totally new way.

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Nikita Chinamanthur Profile picture for Nikita Chinamanthur

As a once NRI (non-resident Indian), this film tugs on my longing for the eternal homeland. Swades is meant to do this entirely, through SRK's tears and the shrill shenai in the background score. I would rather watch Swades over Lagaan, another one of Gowarikar's famously long films. However, Swades is also a film about the oppressor caste, fair-skinned savior ⁠— a troubling but common trope in Indian cinema.

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