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A successful Indian scientist returns to an Indian village to take his nanny to America with him and in the process rediscovers his roots.

Release Year: 2004

Rating: 8.2/10 (10,958 voted)

Ashutosh Gowariker

Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Gayatri Joshi, Kishori Balal

Set in modern day India, Swades is a film that tackles the issues that development throws up on a grass root level. It is to this India, which is colorful, heterogeneous and complex 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. 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. Mohan's simple quest becomes the journey that every one of us goes through in search of that metaphysical and elusive place called "home".

Writers: M.G. Sathya, Ashutosh Gowariker


Shah Rukh Khan

Mohan Bhargav

Gayatri Joshi


Kishori Balal

Kaveri amma

Smith Seth


(as Master Smith Seth)

Lekh Tandon

Rajesh Vivek

Nivaran Dayal Shrivastav

Daya Shankar Pandey

Mela Ram

Farrukh Jaffar

Fatima Bi

Vishnudutt Gaur

Raja Awasthi

Vishwa S. Badola

Bhim Vakani

Rahul Vohra


(as Rahul Vora)

Rajesh Balwani

Bachan Pachehra

We, the people


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Release Date: 17 December 2004

Filming Locations: Goddard Space Flight Center – Greenbelt Road, Greenbelt, Maryland, USA

Opening Weekend: $424,804
(19 December 2004)
(74 Screens)

Gross: $1,223,240
(6 February 2005)

Technical Specs



Did You Know?


Ashutosh Gowariker originally wanted Hrithik Roshan to play the lead role but he declined. The role then went to Shah Rukh Khan.


Revealing mistakes:
Mohan Bhargav, the project manager for Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) at NASA, works towards launch preparations of the man-made GPM satellite. However, in the launch sequence towards the end of the movie, the lift-off footage shown is that of a Space Shuttle, such as the Discovery, which is meant to take humans to space.


Fatima Bi:
Apne hi paani me mil jaana barf ka muqqadar hota hai.

User Review

Take a bow, Ashotosh, Shahrukh and ARR

Rating: 10/10

30 minutes after I had viewed the film on Sat, I was not sure about how
I felt about this film. 48 hours hence, I vividly remember most of the
scenes and can lucidly state that is truly 'haunting'.

Swades is not colorful; Shahrukh doesn't appear in a GAP or POLO SPORT;
there are no introductory shots; there are no romantic scenes and no
fields with yellow Tulip flowers; It may be a tad slow and lengthy; But
Swades hits you where your heart hurts the most; patriotic and root
feelings of an individual with good intentions overcoming societal
obstacle. It's brilliant, heartfelt and touching. The 'We, People' film
really makes us feel like it's our film. We see in the film what we see
everyday, the places as they are. It's very much contemporary and it's
our story.

Compared to Veer-Zaara, it's light years ahead. Comparisons with Lagaan
are bound to be there, but in some ways it's even better than Lagaan.
Primarily, for the authenticity and real-life feel unlike Lagaan which
was a finely crafted fairly-tale. Lagaan is all about emerging
victorious and fighting against the odds. You enjoy it when you see it.
Swades is about the conscience trauma of an Indian, urging him to
comeback and do something for his country. It haunts you for long
enough after the cinema has ended.

There's a prejudice that the film is about bringing electricity to a
small village. It's not. And the most poignant scene in the film, where
we see a boy selling water for 25 paisa, hits you hard. Seeing the
harsh reality and we'll find it difficult to suppress our tears. It's
an answer to the generation of materialistic 'we', who never shy from
proclaiming our great culture and tradition, but do nothing for our

The asset of the film is Shahrukh Khan, looking ordinary and real but
in an extra-ordinary performance. His most real since 'Kabhi Haan Kabhi
Naa' and his career's best. ARR music is soulful and original. The
theme song 'Yeh Jo Des Hai Mera' haunts both in terms of its visuals
and wordings.

But above all, it's the good intention and the attention to detail, of
director Ashutosh Gowarikar that makes wonders for this truly
experimental and moving cinema.

I can and will definitely view this movie once more, to celebrate it
feel and spirit. I can't predict its box office outcome, as the masses
love fantasies and escapist cinema. But it's definitely a treat for
those who want to see moving and believable films on a large scale.
Also if we don't embrace different cinema like this or even 'the
torturous but different Musafir' for that matter, we'll continue to get
more 'Sarson ka Saag', 'Karva Chauths', 'Maahi Ve' filled designer
romance fables from the Chopra-Johar clan!

Regardless of the box office outcome, take a bow Ashutosh, Shahrukh and