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Swades: The rediff connection

rediff Entertainment Bureau | December 15, 2004 11:31 IST

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Click on Acknowledgements at the bottom right of the screen that comes up.

You see columnist Dilip D'Souza, right?

Explanation: The director, Ashutosh Gowariker, says Dilip, got the idea for the film from a column Dilip did for about two young engineers from Kerala who built a dam in rural Maharashtra and supplied electricity where there was none. That is what Swades is about.

Says Dilip, "I had no idea about all this till about a month ago, when the person who told him (Ashutosh) about my article, a journalist friend called Rajni Bakshi, told me she had told him."

What does he think of Swades?

"Go see the film," says Dilip. "It's really very good, I think, better than Lagaan. Puts out some fine messages, does it subtly, Shah Rukh Khan is understated, there are no idiotic choreographed dance sequences, no fights."

"I don't know if you would also like to mention," adds Dilip, "that my articles about these two guys was used to nominate them for the MIT technovators prize last year, which they actually won (see third entry at"

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Sub: anil and madhu n' swades and d'souza article!

Touched and inspired am i. helps me know its possible to contribute, eventhough in small ways to help develop our nation. Sirs, thank you for ...

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Sub: I read...

Hey... but I read somewhere the story idea was from M.G. Sathya from Bangalore? And that Gowarikar had this story with him even before Lagaan? ...

Posted by Devanshu Arya

Sub: Origin of the story of Swades

Dear Readers, Looking at the promos of Swades, i can take a fair guess as to the inspiration of the story of Swades. Years back ...

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