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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
To overcome challenges and obstacles, unity and togetherness are very important. Discrimination and exclusion are wrong practices. For growth, orthodox thinking patterns must be abandoned. The film emphasizes the importance of education for all, gender equality, and the empowerment of women.
Positive Role Models
Mohan cares deeply for his childhood nanny, Kaveri amma, and becomes a vital part of the village community in Charanpur, India. Geeta, his romantic interest, stands against patriarchal ideologies. She and Mohan actively work toward child education.
Central characters are Indian. Lead character is male with some supporting female characters. The film pans across India and the United States. The film challenges ideologies of caste-based discrimination and promotes gender equality.
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Violence & Scariness
Characters talk about car accidents and gunshot wounds. In a play performed within the film, people wield weapons and there is a battle sequence.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Romance and flirting through song and dance sequences.
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Infrequent use of "stupid" and "shut up."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Throughout the film, a character is seen smoking cigarettes. Two people are seen smoking hookah.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Swades is a 2004 Bollywood drama deemed by many as a classic of Indian cinema. The story centers around Mohan (Shah Rukh Khan), a NASA scientist, who comes to India to find his childhood nanny, Kaveri amma (Kishori Balal). Once Mohan enters the Indian village of Charanpur, he discovers a sense of home and togetherness that he hadn't before. There are discussions about a fatal car accident and a gunshot wound during a revolt. In a theatrical performance within the movie, characters attack one another with swords, bow and arrows, etc. The film has romance and characters flirt with one another. An individual smokes cigarettes and multiple others are seen smoking hookah. Language includes "stupid" and "shut up." The film is in Hindi with English subtitles. The film is known as Swades: We, the People in some territories. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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