Rent Swades: We, the People (2004)

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Set in modern day India, Swades is a film that tackles the issues facing the citizens of this nation on a grass roots level. A country that is grappling with problems that development throws up, the India of Swades is colorful, heterogeneous and complex, with people of diverse culture and attitudes. It is to this environment 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.
In his attempts to persuade Kaveriamma (Kishori Ballal), the symbol to him of motherhood and family, to return to America with him, he gets drawn into the life of a village called Charanpur and finds himself searching for answers to the questions of progress and development that the village is facing. His curiosity is piqued by Gita (Gayatri Joshi), an admirable young woman teaching in the village primary school, who chooses to live here despite problems like casteism, prejudice and a lack of basic amenities. 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. What was a simple mission, prompted by nostalgia and affection, turns into a journey into the heartland of rural India, both literally and metaphorically. His quest becomes the journey that every one of us goes through in the search of that metaphysical and elusive place called 'home'.
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M.G. Sathya, Ashutosh Gowariker
Release Date:
Run Time:
135 minutes
Hindi Dolby Digital 5.1
Arabic, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Malay, Spanish
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
  • The Story
  • Talent Files
  • Unseen Scenes
  • Stills Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Original Auditions
  • Production Notes
  • Bloopers
  • English Translation of Songs
  • Social Relevance Information
Disc 1:
This disc includes the main feature
Disc 2:
This disc includes the following special features:
- The Story
- Talent Files
- Unseen Scenes
- Stills Gallery
- Theatrical Trailers
- Original Auditions
- Production Notes
- Bloopers
- English Translation of Songs
- Social Relevance
Release Date:
Not available for rental
Run Time:
196 minutes
Arabic, English
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3

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Interesting attempt to point out the problems with old traditions on modern people - Swades: We, the People review by Fussypot

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Went quite well, although I still do not know what SWADES means - an acronymn perhaps? The NASA stuff was laughable, real gobbldedgook science speak and obviously not real. Some actors like the American in charge at the initial conference were dreadful performers. I am sure a lot of the village cast - it seemed very populous for such a small place, were locals, and they did well, especially the children. Some good pointers were brought out, the unfair caste system, young men expecting their wives to give up their careers, children married off young and no point seen to be educating girls and so on. These are important of course, but some bits were not thought out, when Mohan returns to India there is no indication as to whether he got work with NASA there nor if he actually married, but the sentiments were good. I imagine if the locals made their own electricity the government would have something to say about that, and this was made before the advent of mobile phones and solar panels it would appear, yet for all the failings of electricity people seemed to be able to run laptops and have lights switched on. The oddest thing was the English subtitles - they do tend to be Americanised sadly, but strangely they were also in archaic English, whether this was due to some songs being traditional religious ones or not I don't know, but if so they were not correct, for example using 'dearth' instead of 'doth'. It was strange to see the text full of thees and thous.

Entertaining and thought provoking nevertheless.

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