Bhargava, a scientist working on one of NASA's projects, decides to
return to India to trace his childhood nanny, Kaveriamma (Kishori
plans to bring her back to America so that she can spend her last
few years in the lap of luxury.
manages to find her in Charanpur, a small village in Uttar Pradesh.
But Mohan soon realises that a big difference exists between life
in America and Charanpur.
The villagers here are faced with poverty, lack of electricity,
the existence of a caste system and most important of all, lack
of education for the young.
also meets Gita (Gayarti Joshi) who works very hard at the village
school. By educating the children, she aims to change their future
for the better.
does not agree with Mohan's attitude and criticism, who believes
that the government should be helping these people. So Gita challenges
him to do something for his country.
Kaveriamma is unable to make up her mind about emigrating to America
whilst Gita tries her best to keep her in the village.
to come up with a solution, Kaveriamma asks Mohan to do her a favour
- he is to collect rent from a poor farmer who has leased Gita's
this journey becomes an eye opener for Mohan. His perception of
the village changes drastically.
now takes matters in his own hands as he shows these people how
to move forward in life by being independent in their own rights
- by generating their very own electricity.
the project nears completion, Mohan falls in love with Gita. More
so, he becomes part of the village. He is now faced with a dilemma
whether to return back to America or stay in his native land. .
Rukh Khan has given a heart warming and sincere performance in Swades.He
gets under the skin of his character. So much so, that we feel Mohan's
pain and his dilemma as he faces these village people.
to evoke such emotions from the audience is a great achievement.
Full credit goes to director Ashutosh Gowarikar.
director has successfully managed to convey the message home -
if you have the talent and the know-how, then return to your roots
to help others improve their lives.
is most probably the best film of 2004. It has already received
raved reviews from film critics and audiences alike.Not to be missed!
by Manish Gajjar