Swadesh -If you are not watched it yet you are missing a masterpiece in art cinema
Sharukh is playing a successful Indian scientist who is working in NASA returns to an Indian village to take his nanny to America with him and in the process rediscovers his roots
The first scene where he on boards plane and movie name comes as swadesh in many different languages and the AR Rahman score is a treat to hear in this scene .In this scene Itself we will get goose bumps
After landing on India he takes a van from his friend and travels to his hometown.The first song Yuhin Chala Chal Rahi is like a cool road trip song and describes about the beauty of nature
The traveler travels… just like that, The traveler travels…just like that How beautiful is, this world Forget all tension… Watch flowers’ festivals…Very colorful is, This world…This path is now telling me …That there is someone now, to meet me, somewhere…Why the heart is anxious …Who am I going to meet?
This is a character of NRI who is not that much touch in India .Once he comes to India audience can see many high maintance and in many scenes he carries a mineral water bottle even in his nanny’s home he won’t drink the water instead he uses mineral water bottle which are brought by him
As the movie progresses he romas in his village and everyone will respect him and he makes friend with a post office head for letters and mails .Another young guy approaches SRK to help him with his US visa process .
As the movie progresses we can see lots of parallel between foreign cultures and Indian culture etc.Movie never says foreign culture is bad but it says don’t forget our roots,culture and tradition.Swadesh also depicts the problems in India mainly in rural villages where caste discrimination,education of girls and basic needs like electricity etc .In one scene where village heads bashing foreigners by saying ‘may be foreigners are all having education,electricity ,building but they don’t have is Tradition ,culture and ethics.Then Sharukh replies every country has their own traditions culture which may be different to countries and we have to fight with corrupt system and has to pro actively do our own village needs by coming together .A great scene
The song Yeh tara wo tara depicts the scene correctly.And explains caste system are made as part of profession but not based on births and when different persons from different professions (castes) come together and work as an unity then India automatically improves based , You can read lyrics here
This star, that star, every star …This star, that star, every star …Whichever one you see looks lovely…This star, that star, every star…When they all come together in the night then the whole sky shimmers When they all come together …In the night Then the whole sky shimmers…The shining stars…Two stars, nine stars, hundred stars…The shining stars…Each star is a separate spark
When hero discusses to the heroine that he come to India to take nanny with him she listens and gives a task to get money from Hari Das who is having debt to hero nanny .This scene changes the emotional graph of the movie as by showing the poverty sticken family .The message it gives is very powerful as Hari Das family is eating only one meal for the day and when Hero and his friend visits his house they gave that meal to him as per Athithi Devo bhava (alwase respects guests ).The corrupt rich looting people for more money while a poor man shares his only one meal with his guests .Next day morning Sharukh gives money instead of collecting it and shows how much he transformed
When returning to home in a train a boy sells water in small pots and first time hero drinks water from dirty pot other than his mineral water.A very powerful scene showing boys struggling to earn money instead of studying at this age .We always see many people in trains selling different things throughout the day by changing different trains
.Yes sometimes we will meet bad people but we have to be happy that we are much more blessed and we equally has to be sad because in stead of many blessings we will never do to anything to the country including me,you and everyone .Only some people are giving back to society and we also has to take initiative
The scene where hero and people builds their own electricity project again a powerful scene depicting we can improve our villages if we unite and do things for society and can change many lives with these kind of small projects
After vacation Hero goes to NASA but he can’t thing anything except his home, village and country (swadesh) .Its not just about the people he is missing but he genuinely wants to improve the condition of his countrey .Sharukh is lived in this song ,his expressions,emotion and acting on to a different level .yeh Desh ho tera is a song that will be remembered for generations.
how can you ever forget the scent of the earth (of your homeland)
wherever you go, you will come back.
in new paths (that you take), in quiet sighs
to your lost heart, someone will say
[the someone here is nothing but an inner voice of himself
Finally Swadesh is very underrated masterpiece.Every actor shined in their roles ,the direction is brilliant and music is extraordinary.This movie should be viewed not only by NRI but every Indian should watch this because of its theme is universal. Lets Celebrate our glory,be proud to be Indian and in which ever country we are in never forget to improve our country by giving something back because its Swadesh (we the people