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December 17, 2004
3hr 9min
Status: released

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Swades Movie Details:

Origibal titleSwades: We, the People
Country India
Language Hindi
Release dateDecember 17, 2004
Running time3hr 9min
StarringShah Rukh Khan
Gayatri Joshi
Kishori Ballal
Directed by Ashutosh Gowariker
Written byScreenplay:
Ashutosh Gowariker
Ayan Mukerji
Sameer Sharma
Lalit Marathe
Amin Hajee
Charlotte Whitby – Coles
Yashdeep Nigudkar
M. G. Sathya
Ashutosh Gowariker
K. P. Saxena
Produced byAshutosh Gowariker
Cinematography by Mahesh Aney
Edited by Ballu Saluja
Music byA. R. Rahman
Production CompanyAshutosh Gowariker Productions
Distributor UTV Motion Pictures

Swades Movie Cast & Characters:

  • Shah Rukh Khan as Mohan Bhargav
  • Gayatri Joshi as Geeta “Gitli”, Chiku’s elder sister and Mohan’s childhood friend/love interest
  • Kishori Ballal as Kaveri Amma, Mohan’s nanny
  • Rajesh Vivek as Nivaaran Dayal Srivastava, Postman at Charanpur
  • Lekh Tandon as Dadaji
  • Daya Shankar Pandey as Mela Ram, A eatery owner at Charanpur
  • Smith Sheth as Nandan “Chiku”, Geeta’s younger brother
  • Bachan Pachehra as Haridas
  • Vishnu Dutt Gaur as Mr. Vishnu Dutt, Charanpur Panchayat Member
  • Farrukh Jaffar as Panch Fatima Bi
  • Visshwa Badola as Panch Munishwar
  • Bhim Vakani as Panch Narayan
  • Dilip Ambekar as Panch Hariya
  • Raja Awasthi as Panch Gungadin
  • Rahul Vohra as Vinod Raaz
  • Rajesh Balwani as Rahul Sinha
  • Peter Rawley as John Stockton
  • Mayuri Bagade as Book Store Girl
  • Makrand Deshpande as traveller who shows Mohan the way to Charanpur


A successful Indian NASA scientist returns to an Indian village to take his nanny to America with him and in the process rediscovers his roots.

Swades Movie Budget & Box Office Collection:

Budget₹25 crore
Opening Day₹1.63 crore
Domestic Collection₹15.25 crore (US$1.8 million)
International Collection$2,790,000
Worldwide Collectionest. ₹34.64 crore

About Swades Movie:

Swades is a Hindi drama film starring Shah Rukh Khan, Gayatri Joshi, and Kishori Ballal in the lead roles while Daya Shankar Pandey, Rajesh Vivek, and Lekh Tandon appear in supporting roles. The film was co-written, directed, and produced by Ashutosh Gowariker.

The plot was based on two episodes of the series Vaapsi on Zee TV’s Yule Love Stories (1994–95) which had Gowariker playing the role of Mohan Bhargav.

Gowariker initially offered Mohan’s role to Aamir Khan, who declined it, finding the story weak. Hrithik Roshan also turned down the role after reading the script. R. Madhavan was considered before Shah Rukh Khan finally accepted the role after an emotional narration that moved him to tears.

Swades was theatrically released on December 17, 2004, and it opened to rave reviews from critics, with praise for the performances of Khan, Joshi, and Ballal, and the story, screenplay, and soundtrack. However, it emerged as a commercial failure at the box office.

At the 50th Filmfare Awards, Swades received 8 nominations, including Best Film, Best Director (Ashutosh Gowarikar), and Best Music Director (A.R. Rahman). It won Best Actor for Shah Rukh Khan and Best Background Score for A.R. Rahman.

Dubbed in Tamil as Desam, it was released on January 26, 2005, coinciding with Indian Republic Day. Despite its commercial failure, Swades is regarded as ahead of its time and has attained cult classic status in Hindi cinema, often cited among Shah Rukh Khan’s best films.

Swades earned ₹15.25 crore (US$1.8 million) net box office in India. In the overseas market, the film made $2,790,000. It had a lifetime worldwide gross of ₹34.64 crore (US$4.2 million). The film topped the Chennai box office on its opening weekend.