Parents' Guide to

Swades

By Sakhi Thirani, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Bollywood drama looks at discrimination in India; smoking.

Movie NR 2004 210 minutes
Swades movie poster: A group of Indian people sit on a boat in the middle of some water.

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

There aren't any parent reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: Not yet rated
Kids say: Not yet rated

This classic Bollywood drama, directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, is an entertaining and delightful tale that captures interest right from the get-go. Swades brings together Khan's charismatic performance with A. R. Rahman's unforgettable tunes that deliver an unparalleled sense of home, togetherness, and nostalgia. While India is definitely romanticized with the idyllic village of Charanpur, Gowariker interweaves significant issues of caste, patriarchy, poverty, and education that still impact the country today. At once playful, witty, romantic, and heartbreaking, Swades is an experience to be had with its duly balanced simplicity and bittersweetness.

Movie Details

Inclusion information powered by

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate