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Back to the roots

Steering away from the usual jingoism often depicted in Bollywood patriotic films, Ashutosh Gowarikar's Swades invokes the feeling of love for one's country by telling the story of an India-born NASA scientist who returns to his country to find his roots.

The movie takes a viewer through the heartland of rural India, revealing its beauty and the diversity of its people. A part of the movie was also shot inside the NASA research center at the Launch Pad 39A of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The film stars Shah Rukh Khan, newcomer Gayatri Joshi, Kishori Ballal, Makrand Deshpande and a good number of other actors. Music for the film is given by A R Rahman.


Mohan Bhargava (Shahrukh) is a bright, young, India-born scientist working in NASA as the project manager on a rainfall monitoring satellite known as the Global Precipitation Measurement or GPM. (It is in reality a NASA mission expected to be launched in 2007).

Working in the world's most hi-tech and sophisticated place, Mohan often relishes seeing India on globe.

Filled with nostalgic memories of his nanny Kaveriamma, Mohan makes a journey to India to trace the woman he associates with motherly love.

For Mohan, what begins as a nostalgic trip soon turns into a journey filled with revelations as he travels into the heartland of rural India, meeting people and seeing in reality the country he had only imagined in his dreams.

Mohan finds his nanny, Kaveriamma (Kishori Ballal) in a village called Charanpur. The old woman is in care of an adorable young girl named Gita (Gayatri Joshi) who works as a schoolteacher. Also part of the family is Gita's younger brother Chikku (Master Smit Sheth).

As Mohan spends time in village he comes across many people and age-old customs that reveal to him a new side of India. He discovers that although people are poor and ignorant, but still they carry immense riches in their hearts.

Mohan vows to do everything he can to bring awareness among people and inspire them to uplift themselves.

Swades Movie Info

Country : India
Distributor : UTV Motion Pictures
Movie sound: DTS / Dolby Digital / Dolby SR / Mono
Movie color: Color (Eastmancolor)
Language: Hindi
Genre: Drama / General.
Release Date: Friday 17th of December 2004
Run Time: USA:189 min / India:210 min
Banner: Ashutosh Gowariker Productions Pvt. Ltd.

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