Most Indian movies give zero fucks about consistency and attention to detail. Just type ‘Mistakes in *name of the movie*’ and you’ll find a long list dedicated to these errors.
It’s a rare occurrence to find a movie which is almost perfect and gives justice to minute detailing. Recently, a question was asked on Quora – What small detail from an Indian movie do you love?
Raam S, a PG Student of Aerospace Engineering at IIT Bombay, pointed out some brilliant details from one of the best movies of Shahrukh Khan – Swades.
For those of you who haven’t seen Swades, SRK (Mohan) plays the role of a NASA scientist who visits India to take his aunt/care-taker (Kaveriamma) back with him to the US but in the process rediscovers his roots.
Here are the observations that Raam pointed out.
The non-Brahmin side of a Brahmin NRI
Mohan has lived in the states for 10 years and his character has almost forgotten his Brahmin ways. He smokes, feels uncomfortable in putting a Tika, doesn’t wear the holy Dhaaga and also doesn’t know how to wear a Dhoti.
The obvious yet subtle transformation of Mohan
It’s not just in the way he starts perceiving the country and its people. The director very subtly showed the change when Mohan starts sleeping and bathing in Kaveriamma’s house as opposed to the caravan.
The wound mark on Mohan’s forehead
There’s a scene in which Gayatri accidentally hits Mohan at her school. His wound mark is visible in two scenes which followed. Once when he leaves for the Kodi village to collect money from Haridas (the tenant) and also when he lies down outside Haridas’s house at night.
The FedEx delivery package
There was no internet connectivity in the village where Kaveriamma lived. In one of the scenes, Mohan asks his colleague Vinod to send a CD to Rahul via FedEx which he would collect later.
During a song sequence on his visit to Kodi village, Mohan is shown carrying a sling bag and a FedEx package.
The electricity problem in the village
There were multiple instances which pointed at the electricity problem in the village. For instance, when they plan to play the movie and a blackout leads to the song Yeh Taara Woh Taara.
These are a few minute subtleties pointed out by Raam and they simply add to the brilliance of this film.
Disclaimer: This was a Quora thread and has been curated by Being Indian team.
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