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.
Shah Rukh Khan as a NASA engineer in Swades
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.
Mohan decides to take a well deserved break by making a journey
to India to trace the woman who brought him up.
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.
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.
also realises how backward his village is due to lack of opportunities
for the people.
Mohan takes it upon himself to help the villagers. By using his
knowledge and experience he gained abroad, he revitalises the village.
Shah Rukh Khan contemplating about his life and his roots
return he discovers the warmth and richness in the hearts of these
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
Ashutosh Gowarikar 's Swades is the first Bollywood film
to take it's audience from the hot landscapes of Kutch in Gujarat
to NASA research centre at Launch Pad 39A of the Kennedy Space Centre
film is about an Indian who leaves his country for a better life
abroad but later rediscovers his roots.
portrays the emotional dilemma faced by him as to whether he should
stay on or return to America.
score is given by A.R.Rahman whilst lyrics is by Javed Akhtar. The
film is expected to release this December 2004.
interest has been shown in this film considering that it's been
directed by Ashutosh Gowarikar of the Lagaan fame.
by Manish Gajjar,
BBC Shropshire's Mr Bollywood