Director: Ashutosh Gowarikar
Producer: Ashutosh Gowarikar
Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Gayatri Joshi, Makrand Deshpande, Lekh Tandon, Raja Awasthi, Kishori Balal, Farooque Jafar
Music: A.R Rahman
Lyrics: Javed Akhtar
Swades is a journey of self discovery of one man called, Mohan Bhargav (Shah Rukh Khan), a NASA engineer, who rediscovers his roots. Mohan Bhargav (Shah Rukh Khan) is a NASA engineer working on a rainfall monitoring satellite known as the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM). This is being lifted into orbit on board a Space Shuttle. Completely engrossed in his job, Mohan has no time for himself. So one day, after accomplishing his project, he becomes homesick. He starts remembering Kaveriamma, his childhood nanny. So Mohan decides to take a well deserved break by making a journey to India to trace the woman who brought him up. Soon, Mohan's trip turns into a journey of self realisation as he travels into rural India, meeting people and seeing in reality the country he had only imagined in his dreams. He finally finds his nanny in a village called Charanpur. She is cared by a young girl named Gita (Gayatri Joshi) who works as a school teacher. As time goes by, Mohan becomes close to her. He also realizes how backward his village is due to lack of opportunities for the people. So Mohan takes it upon himself to help the villagers. By using his knowledge and experience he gained abroad, he revitalizes the village. In return he discovers the warmth and richness in the hearts of these people. At long last, Mohan sees part of India which he has never seen before. Will he have the heart to leave these people behind and go back to America? Everyone was waiting with bated breathe for the release of this film and now that it is finally release, we have to say that compared to Lagaan, Swades doesn't do that good, but still it is a very engrossing film. The film has a few minus points for example the director could do without a few unwanted songs. The film is ideal as a documentary but doesn't work from the commercial point of view. The film is good and wonderfully innovative for today's times and it does make you think deeply about your country and its well being. For the common masses the film might not work because it doesn't have any glamour, sex, violence and the masala that a hindi film normally requires. All performances are top class. Shah Rukh excels underplaying himself well. Gayatri Joshi who did an ad with SRK before, stuns you with her simplicity and beauty and has given a good performance. Rest of the cast has given able support. The cinematography by Mahesh Aney is excellent. The music is a highlight of the film and its great. Overall Swades might not work with the common public but for those who dont want to see a usual masala flick, this film is worth a DEKHO. It will definately touch your heart.