Synopsis: This film takes a serious look at the lives of Westernized Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) in North America (Whereas Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge was about NRIs with Indian hearts, Pardes is about Westernized NRIs.) and hence the meaning of the title - "foreign land". Kishorilal is a successful businessman settled in America but still emotionally attached to his motherland - India. So the pardesi comes to India with his "American" son Rajiv to find a suitable '"Indian" girl for him. Kishorilal hopes his soon-to-be daughter in law will instill some Indian values in his extremely westernized son. He finds his daughter in law in Kusum Ganga (a pet Subhash Ghai name just as Chandni was Yash Chopra's favorite for a long time) in the house of his childhood friend Suraj Dev. Mahima Chaudhary makes her debut as Ganga. To finalize the marriage he sends his son along with his foster son Arjun to India. Arjun plays Cupid and returns to America with Kusum and Rajiv. Arjun comes into the movie to get th
Director(s): Subhash Ghai
Production: Rajshri Media
  3 wins.
191 min

Even after living for 35 years in

U.S., whenever l come to lndia...

...l don't know why, but

l feel very excited.

l feel as though l've come to the

warmth of my mother's lap. Today... lndia may have something

to offer, or not, but she has... thing in abundance, and

that is love. The air here...

...the buildings here,

echo with one word - Love.

One such building

is... The Taj Mahal.

My American friends... in U.S.,

Love means give and take.

But in lndia it means

give, give and give!

And there comes another

unbelievable thing...

- How is Your family?

- my wife is Very peeved with you.

This time l'll make it up to her.

You've become a big-wig now.

You last come to us 10 years ago!

- my kids are dying to meet you.

- l'm packing off this lot.

l'll accompany you to Dehra Dun

and spend 3-4 days with your kids.

Put your window up, friend.

lt's getting dusty inside.

We've grown up in this dust... how can we stop

it from coming in?

The scent of this dust from

lndia is out of this world.

For 35 years you've been living in

the U.S., but you haven't changed.

You must be the first lndian to have

earned so much money and fame there.

You're coming to my house

after exactly 10 years!

We sold our house at Dehra Dun and

built a house amidst our land.

My brother lives in the city.

My mother, wife and l live here.

Since it's vacation time,

it's full house at home.

Kulvanti and her kids are here, too.

And they're all awaiting you... though some film star

from Mumbai is expected!

See! We're caught right here.

This is Ganga, my daughter.

The same. Our little Kusum.

- Look who's here, dear.

- Don't tell me. Let me guess...

You're American-uncle, Dad's friend.

25 years ago... No!

35 years ago, you went there

with Rs. 10,000 in hand.

Today you're rich!

You've a huge family with

18 sons, 1 1 daughters...

9 daughters-in-law, 3 sisters, 3

brothers, cars and helicopters too!

And which is that city, Dad?

You live in Hollywood...

...where all the American movie

stars live. And your bungalow is...

Won't you touch his feet

and pay your respects?

- bless you.

- my son...

- l'll go tell Mom.

- Tell her what?

- They're all activated as it is.

- What happened?

Come along atleast.

A royal welcome awaits you.

- Madam...

- What is it, damn you!

Master is here with

his American friend.

- What do you mean? He's here?!

- What!He has come? Today?

Somebody get my chunni

Get aside, will you?

- Did you have to sit here only?

- Come, friend...

- Wow! What a lovely farm-house!

- My chunni, kids! Hurry!

- ls that American here?

- He's here, sis.

How are you?

This is height of shamelessness.

l'm going...

- Namaste...

- Namaste...

- Honestly! You didn't tell me...

- So what? l'm no stranger.

- True, but...

- Good you came.

We were expecting you tomorrow.

Anyway, now that

you're here, welcome.

- l hear you're a big-wig now.

- For you, l'm the same little boy.

l need your blessings, in fact.


- But How can l bless you, son?

- Why not?


They are Nitin, Sonali,

Daksha, Dabboo...

That N.R.l. is being fussed over

as though he's God!

That Surajdev has an complex

about foreign countries!

- l know him for 10 years!

- you are an N.R.l. too.

- Why don't they fuss over you?

- they will, my dear. they will.

- You'll see.

- when, Dad? When?

When he'll come with a proposal

for his daughter Ganga.

When will he do that?

Years have gone by...

- Then fix It Once and for all.

- fix it? Without deciding dowry?

You've pretty silly. l've educated

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Subhash Ghai

Subhash Ghai (born 24 January 1945) is an Indian film director, producer and screenwriter, known for his works predominantly in Hindi cinema. His most notable works include Maeri (1976), Karz (1980), Hero (1983), Meri Jung (1985), Karma (1986), Ram Lakhan (1989), Saudagar (1991), Khalnayak (1993), Pardes (1997), Taal (1999), and Black & White (2008). In 1982, he started Mukta Arts Private Limited which, in 2000, became a public company, with Subhash Ghai as its executive chairman. In 2006, he received the National Film Award, for producing the social problem film Iqbal, in the same year he founded the Whistling Woods International film and media institution in Mumbai. In 2015, he received the IIFA Award for outstanding contribution to Indian Cinema. more…

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