Swades – Hands down!
Swades is a story of an NRI, Mohan Bhargav, played by Shahrukh Khan, who works at NASA and belongs to the horde of people chasing the ‘American Dream’. He comes to India in search of his godmother Kaveri amma, who raised him, so that he may now take care of her at US.
He meets feisty Geeta played by Gayatri Joshi and her chubby brother Chiku who stay with Kaveri amma. Initial encounters eventually leads to blossoming of love between the two protagonists. Here lies the catch; Mohan though loves his motherland, he can't stand hypocrisy within the new arrived India. He believes that keeping on harping about the Indian culture and values etc will not take us anywhere. He insists on removing these shackles and improving our lives further.
While the viewers are engaged in the drama, there is subtle humour interspersed everywhere. Rural India has been shown like never before; poor yet confident; dark yet shining with dreams.
The contrast has been shown very well. Mohan comes as an amiable but restrained guy. How his stay changes his views forms the rest of the story. The best part being, absence of patriotic dialogues at the end. The director saved us from any over the top melodrama. Gayatri Joshi suits her role. She plays the educated village girl wanting to change the village for better and overcome the obstacles in people’s minds with poise. She represents the educated Indian youth, wanting to make a difference at the grassroots level.
Nowhere has the director overdone. The movie comes as a whiff of fresh air amid the same old rut. No wonder it has imbued rating 8.3
Go watch it today.