Pardes (1997)

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A romantic movie by Subash Ghai, with melodious songs – ‘Yeh Mera Indian..’, ‘Kisi Roz Unki..’, ‘Do Dil ..’. After disastereous flick – Trimurti, Subash Ghai went to single schedule from start to finish for Pardes. ‘PARDES’ is an Indian film to the core with melodious music, extravagant locales and opulent settings in India, as well as the US. SRK proves once again he is one of the finest stars in the industry with his underdog role in Pardes. The movie is about inter-cultural marriage between NRI guy and naive indian girl with third romance angle.

Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Mahima Chaudhary (introducing), Apurbha Aghnihotri, Amrish Puri

Kishori Lal (Amrish Puri) is a successful businessman settled in America but still emotionally attached to his motherland – India.So the pardesi comes to India with his son Rajiv (Apporva Agnihotri) to find a suitable match for Rajiv.He finds his bahu in Punjab-ki-kudi Kusum Ganga (Mahima Chaudhry) in the house of his childhood friend Suraj Dev (Alok Nath). To finalise the marriage he sends his son along with his foster son Arjun (Shahrukh Khan) to India.

Arjun plays the cupid and returns to America with Kusum and Rajiv. All is hunky-dori till the true Bharatiya Nari finds out that her future husband is not a teetotaler. So, the heartbroken Kusum returns to India. Don’t conclude that it is the end of the Bollywood fairy tale. It is just the beginning as Arjun (the hero) falls in love with his would-have-been bhabi while playing the cupid.

The story is very simple but watchable with its pleasant music and good photography. ‘PARDES’ got a record number of Nominations in all major Award Categories at the Screen, Filmfare and Zee Awards. Eventually it won 2 Screen, 2 Filmfare (including Best Screenplay for SUBHASH GHAI) and 4 Zee Awards.

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