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Subhash Ghai's 'Pardes' celebrates 50 years of Indian Independence as it delves into the lives of NRIs in North America and beautifully encapsulates the sentiments of 'American dreams... Indian soul'.
Kishorilal (Amrish Puri), a billionaire American NRI, deputes his nephew Arjun (Shah Rukh Khan) to get an Indian bride for his American-Indian son Rajiv (Apurva Agnihotri). Ganga (Mahima Chaudhary), the beautiful daughter of Krishorilal's old friend Suraj Dev (Alok Nath) is chosen as the bride-to-be.
When Ganga visits her fiancé Rajiv in America, she realises the cultural differences that divide them but refuses to change her Indian values. Arjun, the catalyst, joins her struggle. He helps her to come back to India and soon the two wonder whether they are made for each other...

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  • Actors: Shahrukh Khan; Mahima Chowdhary
  • Directors: Subhash Ghai
  • Producers: Subhash Ghai
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Rajshri
  • DVD Release Date: July 1, 2010
  • Run Time: 188 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003UHUYH4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,779 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By char-char on May 16, 2013
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I really wish Amazon would add more SRK films to their prime instant library. The man's been in nearly 80 films now, you'd think they could have more than ONE. I mean amazon is a global enterprise and he's the biggest movie star in the world. With a twitter following of 4M and a facebook following of 3.8M he still out ranks RDJ, regardless of what the studios are willing to pay for more iron man movies.....
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth on April 25, 2012
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Pardes means Foreign Land. This film was released in 1997. Shah Rukh Khan plays the role of Arjun Saagar. A wealthy Indian man (Amrish Puri) raises his son (Apoorva Agnihotri) in America, but wants his son to marry a native girl from India. He arranges a marriage for his son. He sends his foster son (Shah Rukh Khan) to India to make arrangements for the marriage. Arjun (Shah Rukh Khan) speaks favorably of his "brother" (Apoorva Agnihotri). However Apoorva Agnihotri's character is not good. The young Indian girl (Mahima Chaudhary) comes to America and finds it difficult to adjust to the "Foreign Land". A very beautiful song called "I Love My India" is in this film. This is a wonderful film!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By imquilty on October 2, 2011
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Only problem with this DVD, no subtitles for the songs. : Other than that, how can you not love early Shahrukh, especially with the requisite bad Bollywood fight scene!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Warp Girl on May 1, 2013
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No really, as an avid Bollywood lover, it's downright depressing to run into movies like this and Yaadein. I mean don't get me wrong I've seen some pretty terrible Bollywood movies, but these two are completely depressing. And they both have the same director in common Subhash Ghai strikes again only this time he makes Sharuhk Khan a victim of his singular ability to make people waste hours of their lives! Heck I'm only rating it two stars out of respect for Mr. Khan! He may not be my favorite of the Khans but I've got a great deal of admiration for his charisma and showmanship. And believe me he's the only reason I made it through the whole three hours. There is so much to be angry about with this movie I hardly know where to start...

1. Why all the prejudice! Okay, I understand resenting the fact that the country was overrun by the west and a lot of its values and traditions were spat on for generations. I don't think it's wrong to want to retain those traditions and values. BUT first of all, India isn't the first country to go through that. Second, as the director pointed out twice when this movie was made (1997) the country was celebrating 50 years of independence so they won. Third, America had nothing to do with it!

Don't get me wrong, I'm not in the least bit snobby about being an American, I'm eternally grateful for the Constitution and The Bill of Rights, but national pride is not something I indulge in. Other countries have constitutions too. But I AM offended by the fact that in this movie and in Yaadein, the idea that ALL Westerners and English speaking people (in particular) are basically immoral, unethical, selfish, stupid, and without any concept of family.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TERE on October 9, 2013
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I really enjoyed this movie. When it ended I realized it reminded me alot of a male version of the Cinderella story, with Shah Rukh's character Arjun as the male Cinderella. Orphaned, he just seemed like a door matt for his step brother and adoptive father and the step mother or aunt or what she is, was a witch, reminded me alot of Cinderella's step mother. Ugly and mean.
Anyway I really enjoyed this film. I am glad I purchased it and I recommend it highly. You can't go wrong with a Shah Rukh Khan movie. This is on my list of favorite SRK films. He truly is the best.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By allisong on August 20, 2013
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If this has happened in real life it's because the Rajivs began with the old Asian attitude that women are second class citizens, subject to the rule of the men in their lives and even regarded as their property; to this add the conceit that comes with being raised in oppulence and denied nothing all your life, and the social status of a family of wealth and position; then top it off with his being raised in the environment of the loose morals of the Western world of our day: even without the first ingredient that's a recipe for producing Rajivs in any culture.

On the other hand, Arjun's circumstances usually producè people who are humble, appreciative of good fortune, empathetic to the suffering of others, etc.

If people outside our culture see us as such a decadent society isn't there some justification? If they haven't spent time in America associating with members of the moral minority how would they know we exist? How can they know anything about the American character, other than what they've been shown in what Hollywood produces or in any American magazine they might be exposed to??? Look at our divorce rate, acceptance of sexual relations outside of marriage, pre-marital co-habitation and the number of abortions ( mostlly used as a birth-control method) tolerated in our society. Most comedien's humor is based on sex. Look at the attire of people around you -- our grandmothers would be shocked if thely could see how our women wear their underwear for outerwear.

I love Bollywood productions because they are so moral. It's so refreshing to watch their love scenes, in which intensely emotional, virtuous, self-sacrificing love and romance are portrayed without the lovers even kissing.
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