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Ep 61 Pardes

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Khandaan: A Bollywood Podcast sails on to its 61st episode with Shahrukh Khan’s PARDES (1997). This patriotic ode to a visually composite India was directed by Subhash Ghai, his last big hit, and stars debutants Mahima Chaudhary and Apoorva Agnihotri in addition to Amrish Puri, Alok Nath, and a full team of people whose faces you will recognize. Shot across North America, which stood in for Hollywood (?), PARDES is the story of a rich NRI who seeks a village belle wife for his spoiled young son… and the foster son who eventually wins the bride.

A movie 20 years too late for its time, we discuss this hate crime against NRIs and why it was made.

Friend of the podcast Nim (@maplebrownie on Twitter and Instagram) joins us to explain why she decided to entrust a precious memory of her childhood to Khandaan of all people.

A short timeline of topics:

  • 04.42 The GULABO SITABO trailer and we are not the audience for it
  • 12.51 Nim is curious about Abhay Deol’s WHAT ARE THE ODDS releasing on Netflix
  • 19.34 Mithun is launching his younger son Nimashe
  • 24.55 The Main Review: PARDES
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