Ashutosh Gowariker’s film Swades completed 17 years on Friday. The critically acclaimed film is still considered one of his best works.

Ashutosh Gowariker’s critically acclaimed film Swades completed 17 years of release on Friday. The film, which starred Shah Rukh Khan in the lead, was about an NRI NASA scientist Mohan Bhargava, who returns to India to meet his old caretaker and bring her with him to the US. However, the people and the country carve a special space in his heart and he is unable to break away.

Swades has long been considered as one of Ashutosh and Shah Rukh’s best works but did you know that a 90’s show on ZeeTV was seemingly what inspired it? An anthology titled Love Stories included an episode titled Vapasi. In it, Ashutosh played Mohan, an NRI who comes back to India for his Kaveri amma. There he falls in love with a woman named…

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