“Main yeh nahin maanta ki hamara desh duniya ka sabse mahaan desh hai,” says Mohan Bhargav emphatically. (“I don’t think our country is the greatest in the world.”)
A few scenes later when he tries convincing his Ma to move to America he says, “Kuch Nahin Honewala is desh ka.” (“Nothing is going to change/happen to this country”)
And then, mother India and heroine India Gayathri Joshi bring about a change, telling him “Culture aur tradition ke bina desh aatma bina shareer samaan hota hai.” (A country without its culture is like a body without a soul)
Now, can Mohan leave his soul behind and all the people who he’s ever loved?
A personal crisis brings about a transformation as Mohan decides to accept the challenge like Bhuvan did in ‘Lagaan.’ While Bhuvan’s challenge was in uniting villagers of Champaner to beat the Englishmen in their own game, Mohan’s challenge is in uniting villagers of Charanpur to beat the new villains (corruption, bureaucracy, caste system and dirty politics) and bring about a change.
Swades marks the return of the non-resident Indian and with the changing times, Rabindranath Tagore wouldn’t really mind if you tell him that the country finally has a new national anthem, thanks to A.R. Rahman. ‘Yeh Jo Des Hai Tera’ gives you the goose bumps when you watch it on the screen and the shehnaai will haunt you for the rest of your life and infuse the modern Indian with a fresh dose of soulful patriotism, unheard and unseen of in a long time in Indian cinema. Unlike the unbelievable jingoism seen on the big screen in the nineties, Swades returns to an earlier era of Hindi cinema when filmmakers had their heart in the right place.
Ashutosh clearly belongs to that league.
The blue tone of Swades, in direct contrast to the earthy browns of Lagaan, pretty fills the frames with hope, promise and the freshness and potency of water. “Boond Boond milne se banta ek dariya hai,” as the song takes off on the ‘Tiny drops make an ocean’ saying, and underlines the importance of unity and solidarity.
Swades has Shah Rukh Khan playing his usual self smacking of arrogance in the first few frames of the film and then contrasts it with a much toned down, subdued performance after the transformation — easily one of his best performances. Gayathri Joshi reveals plenty of potential and versatility, is likely to appeal to people more than Gracy Singh.
Though there are bound to be comparisons between Lagaan and Swades, this call of the nation deserves to be viewed in isolation.
Never has a movie inspired an Indian more.
Here’s a salute to Ashutosh Gowarikar.
Another to Shah Rukh Khan.
And one, of course, to the country that made these wonderful people.
Yet another to the Indians around the world who will make sure that this venture from the heart does not go unnoticed.
Swades is truly the movie that’s will give every Non Resident Indian and every Resident Non Indian the most needed epiphany. The moment of truth is here. To this country. And it is we who make the country what it is.
Rise, people. For a standing ovation to Ashutosh and team.
Er … Relax guys, I was just practicing writing a review for Swades. I haven’t seen the movie yet, watching it tomorrow first day first show. Let’s just hope I’m right. 😀
You got me 🙂
Nice rehearsal though.
lolz…hope its true to the mock review though:)
Dude! You got me for a moment!
I was about to yell “unfair”.. and then I read ur postsript..
OYE SAALE SARDAMAN
i read your post and i went ..WHAT THE ****? jus coz he is a writer he got a chance first??????NOT DONE………
then when i read ur sodding PS
SHEESH I SAID TO MYSELF
anyways……hope it turns out good!
well you know tis whom!
rehearsal or no rehearsal, here’s to the hajaar NRIs who will take the next flight out to India after the title song
aaw, man! you really had me there. just hope you won’t be forced to change this review after you actually watch the film! have fun.
Damn U..he he!!!
rofl! *wicked evil laff*
thank u guys!
but that was just a stop gap arrangement before i actually review it…
Im all excited… the show is at ten…in just nine and a half hours from now. tomorrow same time, u guys will have the review here i promise!
You just stole words out of my mouth.
I think I wudnt need to change a word from that review. Somehow this movie feels so right.
Maybe cuz i’ve read The Spirit of Lagaan… the book is awesome and really gives u an insight into Ashutosh’s filmmaking and influences!
I read Dilip D’Souza saying that the movie is better than Lagaan. As you put it, there is a “feel-good” factor surrounding this movie…. I hope it lives up to the expectations… Awaiting your review
Writing a review before watching the movie. Now that’s a first! 😀
Going to watch Swades today in a few hours. Hope it’s good!
Hey Sudish…little off topic…i need help…
I read a few posts ago abt your haircut experience. Where is this place in Chennai? I wanna get one when I come down there. Haircut i mean.
are these dialogues real? the movie looks more sensible than that. Good scoop though. anyway, i am waiting for a movie where after a long time shahrukh would not be overacting( last time was dilse)!
And please don’t reveal the plot in your review.
Argh. Argh. Argh. You….!
I fell for it hook, line and sinker.
You’d better get cracking at the real thing now, I suppose.
Bounce is in Ispahani Centre, Nungambakkam high Rd.
yeah the dialogues are real, anu… but trust me, they dont sound too corny when u watch it in the context of the movie!
antha making of lagaan book enga pa irrukku? lord kitta kuduthingala illa, atha eduthukittu great escape-a?
solungapa. thalai suthudthu. if it is still with you, pray do me a favour. NEVER EVER bring it to ofiz.