Bollywood PG-13 Running time: 3:09
IMDB rating: 8.2 Aspect: Wide; Languages: Hindi; Subtitles: English, Arabic; Audio: DD 5.1
Set in modern day Indian, Swades (Our Country) is a film that tackles the issues facing the citizens of this nation on a grass roots level. The India of Swades is colorful, heterogeneous and complex and it is to this environment that Mohan Bhargava (Shah Rukh Khan), a bright young scientist working as project manager in NASA, returns to, on a quest to find his childhood nanny.What begins as a simple mission prompted by nostalgia and affection turns into a journey to the heartland of rural India, both literally and metaphorically. Mohan finds his nanny, Kaveriamma (Kishori Ballal), the symbol of motherhood, in a village called Charanpur with an admirable young woman Gita (Gayatri Joshi) and her younger brother Chikku (Master Smit Sheth). Mohan begins to interact with the Panchayat, which has at the helm the dogmatic but the just village chief. Along the way he encounters the quirky but endearing Mela Ram (Dayashanker Pandey), who sees Mohan as his ticket to the chain of restaurants he will start on the American freeways. Mohan befriends the local postmaster Nivaran (Rajesh Vivek), stuck to his old-fashioned ways, and the village children, whose future is inextricably linked with that of the country. Soon, Mohan finally realizes that it is his scientific temperament as well as his understanding of societal complexities that can drive the villagers to participate in a movement to better their lives.