Pardes
(1997)

(Released: Aug 8, 1997)
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Owner of a 550 million dollar industry in the U.S., Kishorilal (Amrish Puri) travels to his homeland, India, to meet with his childhood friend, Suraj Dev (Alok Nath). Once there, he meets with Suraj's daughter Ganga Kusum (Mahima Chaudhary), and asks for her hand in marriage with his only son, Rajiv (Apporva Agnihotri), which they accept. Kishorilal returns to the U.S. and instructs his ward, Arjun (Shahrukh Khan) to go to India with Rajiv and ensure that Ganga approves of Rajiv, and he does so. The families have an engagement ceremony, and Kishorilal, Rajiv, and Ganga go to the U.S. Once in the U.S., Ganga finds out that Kishorilal and his family are very wealthy, but nose-in-the-air snobs, and treat Arjun like a servant. She finds out that Rajiv has a number of vices: smoking, alcohol, drugs, and a Caucasian girlfriend, Kelly, whom he continues to maintain a relationship with. Rajiv attempts to have sexual intercourse with Ganga, she refuses, and runs away from him, straight to Arjun, who takes her to India to her parents' home. Once there, a mis-informed and enraged Suraj attempts to kill Arjun, and failing to do so, asks him to leave his house, which he does so; Ganga is locked in a room, awaiting the arrival of Kishorilal, and Rajiv, who will take her back with them to the U.S. and go ahead with the marriage ceremony.

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