Swades: Training and Development Lessons

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Executive Summary
Swades is a movie about an NRI (Mohan) who comes back to India to meet his old nanny (Kaveri Amma) and take her back with him. The movie is in a village setting and shows how Mohan got involved in the affairs of the village and how later it brings a change of heart and makes him come back and settle down in India. The movie is a slice of life but holds a lot of message for training and development. The movie argues for: do-it-yourself ‘Development’, take ‘Responsibility’ and about individual empowerment. It has multiple messages not just for NRIs to return home and work towards making difference, but also of how one determined person can transform a community. India needs a revolution to come right from the bottom level. We need a million Mohan’s, not just one. This movie advocates the “victory of individual spirit". It is about “lighting a bulb”. It is about an individual’s personal beliefs pitted against a society’s hypocritical potpourri of “paramparas and sanskritis". It is about the transformation of an individual who is indifferent and cynical to the ways of society, to an individual who doesn’t accept the status-quo and stands for the people, against people.It is about life. It is about a billion others who wait for Mohans’ to change India. Life also is a training field and lessons learnt from every day experiences and events develops us and equips us to face challenges in our professional and personal life.


Story line and Characters:
The story of Swades begins with the introduction of Mohan Bhargava (Shahrukh Khan), an Indian living and working in the USA. Mohan, a scientist for NASA is assigned to the Global Precipitation Measurement Satellite project. From the exterior all seems well for Mohan, but he is troubled with the thoughts of his childhood nanny Kaveriamma (Kishori Balal) who still resides in India. With the thoughts plaguing his mind, he instinctively decides to travel to India and trace the whereabouts of Kaveriamma. His search traces her to a small remote and isolated village in the state of Uttar Pradesh, known as Charanpur. The village is far removed from what Mohan is accustomed to in America, running clean water and electricity and other modern amenities are simply not present. The shock is evident for Mohan as he finds it hard to adjust to his new surroundings. Even the local residents of Charanpur prove to confuse Mohan, their views, beliefs and attitude all seem to go against those of his own. It is clear that Mohan's only goal is to return back to America with Kaveriamma. However, there is a hindrance to Mohan's requests in the form of Geeta (Gayatri Joshi). Geeta has been caring for Kaveriamma while he has been away in America and her refusal to let go of the elderly woman who is also mother figure to her creates more complications. A teacher at the local school, Geeta is a young well-educated woman, she proves to be more than a match for Mohan. This is evident from the conversations where Mohan and her share. Mohan's criticisms of the village residents refusal to accept change and their passive attitude towards their own government's inability to provide for them, is reversed by Geeta questioning his own contribution to this society and India. Kaveriamma is left with a dilemma, whatever decision she to makes will inevitably hurt someone very dear to her, and she decides to make her decision once Mohan completes a small task. Mohan is a told to collect the overdue rent from a poor farmer who has leased a small piece of land from Geeta. However, this small task sparks a change in Mohan's views and attitude completely. Mohan takes it upon himself to bring change to the people of Charanpur through the simple act of powering a light bulb. Trainers

The trainers in the movie has been identified as
Kaveri Amma
Each of these characters have played the role of a trainer in the movie. So we analysed their roles and significance...
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