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January 11, 2009

(Written for You’ve Been Tagged)

Tag 1: A movie that made me think

Swades

Swades

Swades

There is no denying that I am a fan of Shahrukh Khan but this is a movie that I must have liked even if someone else had acted in it. The movie is about a NASA scientist who comes back to India to trace his nanny. His quest leads him to a remote village. Where people consider themselves lucky if they manage to educate their kids till fourth grade and get a few hours of electricity. The lead character, Mohan Bhargav, played by SRK, criticizes the government’s inability for providing the basic necessities to people. The leading lady, on the other hand, questions his contribution to the society. That is the basic message of the movie that instead of criticizing the government for everything a person should try to bring in change by his contribution.

So the protagonist decides to build a small dam, that could provide enough power to the residents of the village and he finally manages to complete this task successfully.

This movie is special for me due to the following reasons:

It carries a very positive and powerful message. This movie is patriotic not jingoistic.

The movie basically revolves around several issues related to the lives of poor people including power shortage.

The movie also showcases poverty in the rural India and there was a very moving  scene when Mohan (SRK) goes to other village to collect the rent and he realizes how poor the family was. And one could literally see how distressed the lead character was and then when he’s traveling in the train and sees a young boy selling fresh, drinking water at the platform. He later on questions what sort of country is that where you have to pay for a cup of clean drinking water.

The movie is very subtle. Like when Mohan finally visits his nanny’s home, she gives him a glass of water. He takes it quietly but never drinks it. Since both of them are engrossed in a talk at that time so nanny doesn’t feel it.

The music is fine too. I like the title song, sung by A. R Rahman.

Yeh jo des hai tera

Swades hai tera

Tujhe hai pukara

Yeh woh bandhan hai

Jo Kabhi toot nahi sakta

Miiti ki hai jo khushboo

Tou kaisay bhulaye ga

Simply Amazing!

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. January 11, 2009 7:06 pm

    I found your site on Google and read a few of your other entires. Nice Stuff. I’m looking forward to reading more from you.

  2. Asma Ahsan permalink
    January 12, 2009 5:08 am

    I love it! Thankyou so much for coming and joining in – I knew I could count on you! 🙂

    Fantastic review – and “bollywood superstar Shahrukh” – hehehehe – looks good no matter what he wears or does. 😉

    Mujhe to “GEEK” bhi qabool hai, since the'”geek” looks like a “gReek” god most of the time! – 😛

  3. January 12, 2009 10:56 am

    I just loved this movie ….. especially the title track was superb ….. can watch it again n again ….

  4. January 12, 2009 3:35 pm

    I’m not much of a fan of his acting but this movie’s brilliantly conceived script and amazing execution is something I admire. The Train scene with SRK staring at the kid standing outside on the platform ( I guess:)) selling water was moving and perhaps one of the best frame in this flick.

    PS. I’ve not seen an Indian movie in some time now. The last one was RDB. What about Aamir Khan’s new film?

  5. Ayesha permalink
    January 12, 2009 5:29 pm

    Rick: Thanks man! 🙂

    AJ: He’s sort of a geek in real because he knows and takes too much interest in computers and gadgets!

    Harsh: Same here!

    Bilish: RDB was interesting as well as pretty controversial. Aamir’s new movie is worth watching. Do give it a try!

  6. bmk permalink
    January 13, 2009 5:58 am

    I so very much wished to have that house-on-wheels. : )
    The movie is 200% successful in conveying the message.
    Yunhi Challa & Ye jo des hai Tera are my fav. songs. The later could be termed as one of the most fav.
    It’s becomes hard to grade the scenes with good, better & best yet the cinema-night was cool…

    BTW, the beautiful masterni just got disappear after that movie. : )

    Have plans to watch GHAJNI this weekend, perhaps the last indian movie in cinema, as per news…

  7. Ayesha permalink
    January 13, 2009 10:42 am

    BMK: Don’t tell me you had crush on her as well 😛

    She got married soon after that movie and I read that she has a son now. She had been around for quite some time and that movie came too late in her career actually 🙂

    Ghajni might be the last one in the cinema because Indians have severed cultural relations with Pakistan so until things get sorted out it’s good not to showcase (Indian) movies in theaters here otherwise there is always fear of terrorist activity like the other day’s bomb blasts.

  8. Saad Ibrahim permalink
    January 13, 2009 7:09 pm

    even if they don’t allow Indian movies in Pakistan they are the ones who are going to be affected becuase people will resort to pirated DVDs again

  9. Ayesha permalink
    January 13, 2009 7:33 pm

    “They” basically applies to producers/distributors instead of the Indian government. And I guess our side of exhibitors will suffer the most since they were really minting money from Indian movies.

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