Pardes (film)

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Pardes
Pardes.jpg
Directed by Subhash Ghai
Produced by Subhash Ghai
Written by Subhash Ghai
Neeraj Pathak
Javed Siddiqui
Starring Shahrukh Khan
Amrish Puri
Mahima Chaudhry
Apoorva Agnihotri
Alok Nath
Himani Shivpuri
Aditya Narayan
Music by Nadeem-Shravan
Cinematography Kabir Lal
Editing by Renu Saluja
Distributed by Mukta Arts
Release dates 8 August 1997
Running time 191 mins
Country India
Language Hindi
Urdu
English
Box office INR30,00,00,000 [1]

Pardes (English: Foreign Land) is a Bollywood musical drama film directed by Subhash Ghai. It was released on 8 August 1997. The film stars Shahrukh Khan, Amrish Puri, Alok Nath, and newcomers Mahima Chaudhry and Apurva Agnihotri. The film was a commercial, critical and musical hit. Mahima Chaudary won the Best Newcomer Award for her performance. The film was remade in Telugu as Pelli Kanuka (1998).

Plot[edit]

Pardes is a story that revolves around Arjun (Shah Rukh Khan) and Ganga (Mahima Chaudhary). Ganga is an Indian girl, brought up by her conservative family, living in a village. Kishorilal (Amrish Puri) is a wealthy and successful Indian American businessman who lives in Los Angeles, America ( although most of the filming happened in Vancouver, Canada) but is still deeply attached to his motherland India and adores the values and culture of India. On a visit to India, he meets his old friend Suraj Dev (Alok Nath) and stays at his house. During his stay, he gets to know Suraj Dev's family and becomes very attached to Ganga, Dev's eldest daughter, who is the epitome of Indian culture. He hopes to find an Indian girl for his westernized, American son, Rajiv (Apoorva Agnihotri) and feels that Ganga is just right. He proposes marriage between Ganga and Rajiv; Dev's family accepts. Kishorilal knows he will have a tough time trying to convince Rajiv, who has never even visited India.

But Kishorilal has a plan. He sends his foster son, Arjun (Shahrukh Khan) to play cupid and convince Rajiv to meet Ganga in India. Arjun arrives at Dev's house and arranges to make the place suitable for Rajiv. Then, Rajiv arrives and initially does not like the idea of the marriage. Arjun spends many days trying to get Ganga and Rajiv to like each other and, in the process, becomes a close friend of Ganga. Eventually, Rajiv and Ganga agree to the wedding.

The engagement is set in India with the wedding in America. Ganga excitedly leaves for America with her new family. In her new surroundings, her only friend and confidant is Arjun, with whom she begins to form a special bond. As time goes on, Ganga realizes that Rajiv isn't the person Arjun portrayed to her. She goes through many culture shocks when she sees Rajiv smoking, drinking and partying; later, she finds out that he has had sexual affairs in the past and is still seeing his former girlfriend. She confronts Arjun about why he lied to her, and Arjun realizes that he has fallen in love with her.

Rajiv's family member notices the closeness between Ganga and Arjun and warns Kishorilal. He tells Arjun to leave the city. Ganga goes on a trip to Las Vegas with Rajiv. She misses Arjun and his companionship but tries to get on with Rajiv. One night, in a drunken state, Rajiv tries to rape Ganga; she manages to knock him unconscious and runs away. Arjun finds out Ganga is missing and looks for her. He finds her crying at a train station with her clothes torn. As she explains what happened, Arjun promises to protect her and help her get back to her family in India.

Suraj Dev is misinformed about the circumstances in which Arjun brought Ganga to India. Believing Arjun eloped with his daughter, Dev tries to kill him. He mistrusts his daughter and locks her up in a shed. Ganga realizes that she is in love with Arjun. By this time, Kishorilal has come to India with Rajiv, who is ready to kill Arjun.

After a lengthy fight between Arjun and Rajiv, Ganga reveals to her family and Kishorilal what Rajiv had tried to do to her. Shocked, both families realize their mistake. In disgust, Kishorilal disowns Rajiv and accepts Arjun as his real son. The families unite Ganga and Arjun; the two are finally married and live happily.

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Reception[edit]

Pardes received mixed reviews from critics. Praise was given to the music, however aspects of the script were criticised. [2] [3]

The film was a box office success, becoming the 3rd highest grossing of 1997. Although it got an "Above Average" opening, it was eventually given the verdict of a "Hit." [4]

Soundtrack[edit]

Pardes
Soundtrack album by Nadeem Shravan
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Label Tips
Producer Nadeem Shravan
Nadeem Shravan chronology
Saat Rang Ke Sapne
(1997)
Pardes
(1997)
Maharaja
(1998)

The soundtrack was composed by the duo of Nadeem Shravan while the lyrics were penned by Anand Bakshi. It was released under the label of Tips Music Films. The album was very successful amongst the audience. The tracks "I Love My India", "Meri Mehbooba", "Do Dil Mil Rahe Hain" and "Nahin Hona Tha" were immensely popular with songs being played till date. Music director duo Nadeem-Shravan received a Filmfare nomination for the album and won a Star Screen Award for Best Music Director. Ghai wanted A.R.Rahman to compose the music of this film but Rahman politely declined the offer since Ghai wanted the tunes ready in less than two months.

Tracklist
Track # Title Singer(s)
1 "Nahin Hona Tha" Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik, Hema Sardesai, Sabri Bros.(Jaipuri)
2 "Meri Mehbooba" Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik
3 "Yeh Dil Deewana" Sonu Nigam, Hema Sardesai, Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan
4 "I Love My India" Hariharan, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Shankar Mahadevan, Aditya Narayan
5 "My First Day in USA" Hema Sardesai
6 "Do Dil Mil Rahe Hain" Kumar Sanu
7 "Jahan Piya Wahan Main" Shankar Mahadevan, K. S. Chitra
8 "I Love My India (Part 2)" Kavita Krishnamurthy
9 "Title Music" Sapna Awasthi, Shankar Mahadevan

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