Swades – We The People [2004] (Movie Review)

The Plot :

Mohan Bhargav (Shah Rukh Khan) is an Indian who works as a project manager at NASA. He keeps worrying about Kaveri Amma (Kishori Ballal), a nanny at his home who took care of him. After the death of his parent’s, Kaveri Amma was sent to an old age home and lost contact with Mohan. Mohan wishes to go to India and bring her back. As he goes to the old age home he learns that Kaveri Amma no longer stays there but instead has shifted to a small village named Charanpur a few years ago. Mohan rents a Caravan and heads towards the village. He meets his childhood friend Gita (Gayatri Joshi).

He learns about the various issues the village is grappled with and tries his best to solve a few of those amidst the process. Mohan extends his leave by a few more weeks. He learns that electricity inconsistency and frequent power cuts are big problems in Charanpur and thus decides to set up a small hydroelectric power generation facility from the water drawn from a nearby source. Mohan returns to the United States with a heavy heart to complete the project. After successful completion, he leaves the US and returns to India with intentions of working at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre.

The Review :

Mohan in his quest to search for Kaveri Amma, discovers about the various problems which India is facing and how he was completely unaware of those while he was living in the comforts of the foreign land. Also, during this journey of his, he falls in love with Gita as she is searching for a groom according to the Indian traditions. The chemistry between these two characters is very subtly shown and does not disturb the main message which is being portrayed.

The actors have done their jobs very well where the film gives that touch of realism with a perfect mix of acting and cinematography. A lot many issues such as education, casteism, women empowerment, poverty & inequality, modernity vs tradition, child labour, which are still prevalent in India are touched without hurting the sentiments of any particular group of the society. The whole film is composed of emotional elements which bind together with the script and clearly depicts in a very beautiful way what the Indian traditions and values really stand for. The screenplay is very well framed and nowhere as an audience you feel bored.

The songs which are still heard and played are composed by the Musical Maestro, A.R. Rahman and bring a different meaning, where they support the message and emotions of the film. Not many mistakes can be spotted, but the overall length could have been shortened with a few cuts to make the film more tight. Director Ashutosh Gowarikar has made a brilliant film with a lot of separate components being combined together with a refreshingly simpler approach to the overall portrayal. Cinematographer Mahesh Aney keeps the simplicity sustained throughout and has done a really exceptional job with the camera. 

Thus all in all, its a must watch film for all the Indians and also the citizens of the world alike and experience what patriotism truly stands for and also get an understand about the deep rooted problems of the developing world.

My Verdict : 4.5/5

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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