Set in modern-day India, Swades is a film that tackles the issues that development throws up on a grassroots level. It is to this India, which is colorful, heterogeneous, and complex that Mohan Bhargava (Shah Rukh Khan), a bright young scientist working as a project manager at NASA, returns on a quest to find his childhood nanny. The film uses the contrast between the highly developed world of NASA, which has been at the forefront of advances in space research, and this world back home in India, which is at the crossroads of development. Mohan’s simple quest becomes the journey that every one of us goes through in search of that metaphysical and elusive place called “home”.
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