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  The Hindu : Entertainment : Will `Swades' repeat the `Lagaan' magic ?
For Ashutosh, "Swades" is a sort of litmus test, as this time expectations are high and moreover it is his first film without Aamir Khan, his onetime favourite.
The USP of "Swades" is undoubtedly King Khan for whom the film is sort of a benchmark as he has to prove that he can churn out a blockbuster without the backing of the Chopras and Johars.
The concept of "Swades" is that we are surrounded by issues, mainly social which we take for granted as though they are somebody else's problem.
www.hindu.com /fr/2004/12/10/stories/2004121002210100.htm   (1315 words)

 Movie Preview : Swades   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Set in modern day India, Swades is a film that tackles the issue facing the citizens of this nation at grass root level.
The India of Swades is colorful, heterogeneous and complex, and it is to this environment that Mohan Bhargava (Shahrukh Khan), a bright young scientist working as project manager in NASA, returns to, on a quest to find his childhood nanny.
Swades happens to be the first Indian film to be actually shot inside the NASA research center at the Launch Pad 39A of the Kennedy Space Center of NASA in Florida.
www.indiafm.com /previews/04/swades/index.shtml   (635 words)

 Amardeep Singh: Another film review: Swades
Swades was one of the most hyped Hindi films of the year.
swade reminds me of the goofy,eanest patriotic feelings espoused by protagonists of 11/2 hr telefilms,that were made by DD.
Swades for me was just sooo flat, like a soda without any fizz.
www.lehigh.edu /~amsp/2005/01/another-film-review-swades.html   (1733 words)

 Swadesh : HindustanTimes.com Special
Swades touches upon much that is wrong with an India seeking its place on the global stage even as it sets the deep-rooted problems against the affluence of a NASA project manager, a lovably nerdy Mohan Bhargava (Shahrukh Khan).
The emotions that Swades maps are raw, tangible, and delectably free of mass- appeal manipulation.
The film eschews theatrics except when Mohan, in a Lagaan-like situation, helps the villagers generate their own electricity and light a bulb that illuminates another of the many authentic faces that Gowariker puts on screen - a half-blind woman whose furrowed visage stretches into a smile as the darkness is dispelled.
www.hindustantimes.com /news/specials/swades/story-II.htm   (626 words)

 The Bollywood Blog: Swades revisits old world values: Gowariker (Interview)
Gowarikar denies having used Shah Rukh Khan as a "ploy to get in the audience" for "Swades", one of the most socially relevant commercial Hindi films to have emerged in the last decade.
Q: "Swades" is being seen as a propagandist cinema.
That Shah Rukh Khan could ride a train, bus or boat as he does in "Swades" is unheard of.
www.bollywood.com /archives/2004/12/swades_revisits.html   (1070 words)

 Swadesh : HindustanTimes.com Special
Swades is a captivating and universal tale of one individual's search for his roots narrated in a manner that blends languor and precision.
In short, Swades takes Bollywood out of the rut of silly NRI romances and mindless action flicks that it is currently trapped in.
Swades proves that the director of the super-successful Lagaan hasn't let the accolades cloud his judgment and feed his greed.
www.hindustantimes.com /news/specials/swades/story.htm   (471 words)

 Movie Review : Swades   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The story of SWADES would've been ideal for a documentary, but for a feature film with a running time of 3 hour plus and starring the country's biggest star, it just doesn't work.
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.
You anxiously await the climax of SWADES [partly because LAGAAN had an exhilarating finale] with bated breath, but again, the culmination to the story is sans anything exciting.
www.indiafm.com /reviews/04/swades/index.shtml   (1113 words)

 void's Blog : Dissecting Swades, void blogs on sulekha, Movies blogs, void blog from india   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Swades is a movie thats easy to love and equally easy to hate.
And it is in this, that Swades succeeds to a large extent.
A song in a movie is supposed to condense an emotional state or a transtion in protagonist's mind that would have been too ungainly (and probably too long) to compose with mere dialogs.
void.sulekha.com /blog/post/2005/02/dissecting-swades.htm   (1788 words)

 Swades - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Swades (Hindi स्वदेश, Urdu: سودیش) - We, the people (2004) is an Indian film written, produced and directed by Ashutosh Gowariker.
Some critics have claimed that the plot of Swades was inspired by the earlier Kannada movie, Chigurida Kanasu, which starred Shivrajkumar.
Swades opened in India and abroad to mixed reviews; N.R.I.s liked the film more than those still residing in India.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Swades   (537 words)

 Swades - A Re-review
Swades is a simple story that unfolds in a slow and simple manner.
Swades is possibly the grandest film with a social cause and a clear purpose: to use the medium of popular entertainment to try and change mindsets.
Swades is an obvious reflection of a sentiment close to Ashutosh Gowariker's heart and his want to use the medium for his message.
www.upperstall.com /swades.html   (818 words)

 Preview of Swades
Swades tackles the issue facing the citizens of this nation at grass root level.
Swades uses the contrast between the highly developed world of NASA, which has been at the forefront of advances in space research, and this world back home in India, which is at the crossroads of development.
Swades is the first Indian film to have been shot at NASA, with Gowarikar managing to secure an official permission from the space research organization for a 15-day shoot.
movies.indiainfo.com /preview/swadesh.html   (419 words)

The music in Swades is restrained and not the usual typical aimed at a particular audience.
Swades is not quite on par with Lagaan's presentation and finish; flaws in the pace of the film and camera work are evident.
Swades serves as timely reminder for everyone, that each of us is individually responsible and change can only occur if we act and make a difference.
www.heroic-cinema.com /reviews/swades   (747 words)

 Swades - Shahrukh Khan - Telugu Cinema - Research - Analysis - Some Ramblings - Srinivas Kanchibhotla
With these forces propelling the actions of the lead character, Swades is an observation of the change in the mind of an NRI visting his country, starting off being distant, clinical and brutal, finding himself completely absorbed, passionate, involved and emotional as time progresses.
Like the strings of the sitar that shapes the actions of (movie) Gandhi, it is the turn of shehnai, this time, to infuse the sense of responsibility and belonging, and with A.R.Rahman weilding the baton, the result turns out to be earthy, rustic, rich and immensely satisfying all at the same time.
The rhymes of "taara, dhaara, yaara, saaraa" completing the four stanzas of "yeh taara" each signifying the strength of unity and the beauty in diversity in their own way stands out from the rest of the lyrics.
www.idlebrain.com /research/ramblings/ramblings-swades.html   (1031 words)

 Untitled Document
While subtle, Swades is rather remarkable for introducing vivid rather than stereotypical characters who represent the caste dynamic that organizes the village: Shrivastava’s status as an amiable but forward-looking Kayastha, for instance, positions him as a crucial intermediary in the film’s unfolding exploration of social divisions and alliances.
Swades might be understood as a new variation on this pattern: unlike previous films such as Pardes that (as Jigna Desai notes) often oppose a “good NRI” and “bad NRI,” Swades avoids such easy dichotomies, or perhaps internalizes them insofar as Mohan inhabits both roles, but without typical exaggeration in either position.
Swades evokes the live folk performances that preceded the teleserial and in effect re-stages one in the serial’s influential wake.) The undisguised fact that the “real” reincarnation of Ram is located in the body of the globalized NRI summarizes the film’s simultaneous invocation of and often daring revision of tradition.
www.uiowa.edu /~incinema/Swades.htm   (1630 words)

 Shah Rukh shines in Swades
Swades has approximately Rs 300 million (Rs 30 crores) riding on it, and that much to make up.
Detailing a man's journey is all very well, but here is a film that reminds you of those social awareness documentaries that play just before the start of a feature film in theatres across India.
But there is something amiss when you have to drive your point home in every frame of the movie.
www.rediff.com /entertai/2004/dec/17swades1.htm   (570 words)

 Swades Movie Review at NRILinks.com Entertainment
Director Ashutosh Gowarikars Swades is the first Bollywood film to take its audience from the hot landscapes of Kutch in Gujarat to NASA research centre at Launch Pad 39A of the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida.
All in all, Swades is by far one of the best movies I have ever seen and the proof of which is the fact that this is the first review I have ever written.
I was on a holiday in India when I saw ‘Swades.’ Honestly, I have seen so many good movies but have never been so moved and touched and have never carried my thoughts home as I did with this film.
www.nrilinks.com /entertainment/movies/reviews/BW1078.asp   (4694 words)

 Bollywood - Music Review - Swades
The music for Swades, much like Lagaan, is like listening to a drama play enfold track after track and the soul, thankfully, is all worth listening to.
For once, and as rarely as it may happen in Bollywood, the music was composed without thinking of a genre of listeners, a stereotype (the masses or the classes), but simply of composing meaningful, soulful music.
Swades is soulful in that dual aspect of the musical composition and what it represents holding that golden token of appealing to everyone.
planetbollywood.com /Music/Swades   (707 words)

 'Swades' has taken its creator ahead of his earlier film.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
As I stare up at the simple posters of Swades with Shah Rukh Khan caught against a sky blue backdrop I am reminded of what the poet-actor Harindranath Chattopadhyay once said.
Gowariker's minimalist expressions in "Lagaan", where the characters appeared to be giving expression to the sweetest songs of life, went a long way in making it one of the most long-legged films of our times.
I believe "Swades" is a very special work, not because it's anything like "Lagaan" but because it's nothing like the earlier work.
www.nowrunning.com /news/news.asp?id=2180   (859 words)

 Movie Club: Swades - Bollywood FM - Bollywood Forum
Ashutosh Gowariker’s Swades (it is without an ‘h’ at the end) will finally go before the cameras in November.
And like his earlier film ‘Lagaan’, ‘Swades’ too has been a closely guarded affair; not a word about the content and the other star cast of the film has been leaked out to the press.
And now he says, if SWADES surpasses Lagaan's success and fame and Shahrukh khan's acting is superb then this film is 100% an oscar worthy.
www.bollyfm.net /iboard/index.php?showtopic=1013   (1678 words)

 Swades: SRK hai na?-India Buzz-Entertainment-NEWS-The Times of India   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
If Lagaan was Gowariker's tribute to the unsung heroes of the Raj era, Swades is his tribute to the unsung heroes of the post-Independence era, the current age.
The story is pretty simple - boy leaves for the US of A to pursue a career, manages to live an Indian's American Dream, except that he feels guilty about leaving behind his almost-like-my-mother nanny, comes back to India, falls in love with idealistic girl and realises his country needs him.
Swades is a movie that should be seen, preaching notwithstanding.
timesofindia.indiatimes.com /articleshow/msid-964050,prtpage-1.cms   (529 words)

 Making his Swades proud - Deccan Herald   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
And like his earlier film, Swades too will be a special work of art, hopes SUBHASH K JHA.
Swades is a subject that other successful filmmakers would think twice or thrice before attempting.
I believe Swades is a very special work, not because it will be anything like Lagaan but because it would be nothing like the earlier work.
www.deccanherald.com /deccanherald/dec192004/enter3.asp   (841 words)

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Swades, without losing out on the screenplay could have been at least 25 minutes shorter and definitely less preachy.
I can’t quit harping about SRK cause I think he is absolutely brilliant in Swades— miles away from some of the mindless nonsense that he has starred in the last decade.
Swades is the true definition of meaningful cinema.It is very sad that such quality films are not widely appreciated by our audience.
www.ndtv.com /ent/reviews.asp?lang=hindi&id=134&moviename=Swades   (432 words)

 rediff.com: Swades: The first cut
shutosh Gowariker was a bundle of nerves and excitement at Swades' Mumbai premiere on December 15.
I have sweated, toiled and laboured for Swades.
Swades is a film about an Indian (played by Shah Rukh Khan) who leaves his country for a better life abroad and rediscovers his roots later.
specials.rediff.com /movies/2004/dec/16sd1.htm   (108 words)

 'Swades' Bags Universal Acclaim
In super star Shah Rukh Khan’s words, ‘Swades’ is a wakeup call to the desi abroad, to realize that it’s payback time to the country that nurtured them.
The New York based NRI Aseem Chhabra, a special correspondent with India Abroad, writes, “Swades is a movie, a piece of entertainment, an artistically made commercial venture.
Swades was distributed in the Mumbai circuit by the film’s co-producer, UTV.
www.bollyvista.com /article/a/32/3867   (274 words)

 Shah Rukh Khan interview-Bollywood star interview-Bollywood Interview with Shah Rukh Khan-interview with Shah Rukh Khan ...
I think all the films that I've done this year have contributed in equal measure to make me what I was during the year.
Q: "Swades" was exceptional because it's very far removed from your other films.
As for "Swades", I told the director Ashutosh Gowariker that it won't work commercially.
www.webindia123.com /movie/interview/ina021105.htm   (1237 words)

 TECH TALK: On Watching Swades: Reviews -- Thursday, January 6, 2005
The story of SWADES would've been ideal for a documentary, but for a feature film with a running time of 3 hour plus and starring the country's biggest star, it just doesn't work… To put it bluntly, SWADES is high on hype, low on substance and extremely low on entertainment.
Gaurav Sabnis: “Swades is more of an exploration, a hike into unchartered country, both literally and figuratively.
Swades is compelling and a brave testimony to that.
www.emergic.org /archives/indi/010591.php   (601 words)

 Swades: See what people are saying right now on Technorati (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab2.cs.umd.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
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Swades Music Review The first time I heard all songs of Swades, I felt “Ummhh… quite average, nothing spectacular nothing great”.
Swades Filed under: Music, Swades — Sneha @ 1:30 am Ashutosh Gowariker Javed Akhtar A R Rehman.
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 IMDb user comments for Swades (2004)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Swades is about the conscience trauma of an Indian, urging him to comeback and do something for his country.
Swades has finally reached the next level of Indian movie-making with the help of ashutosh, srk and rahman where the execution, the concept and the treatment of the film is at least (i can safely assume) close to world standards.
Set in modern day India but taking a village backdrop, Swades is a film that tackles the issues that every educated upper class, specially the NRIs face today - a sense of belonging, Patriotism and having a realistic image of our country.
us.imdb.com /title/tt0367110/usercomments   (2923 words)

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