Swades: Mohan's homesick even as launch is roaring success





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Swades: Back at NASA celebrating the roaring success of his satellite launch, Mohan is increasingly haunted by Gîtâ's pleading eyes now populated with homesick reflections of (clips from) the motherland. The childhood images of (foster-) mother (Kaveriamma) and playmate have coalesced into a more compelling vision of the modernizing nation as an embodiment of the continuing vitality of culture and tradition. Though the focus now is on Mohan's inner conflict in America that is now being acutely lived through as a place of exile, Gîtâ's gaze, by powerfully transforming his self-image, has become an omnipresent mirror.

Video illustration to "Science of love: look into Gîtâ's eyes in the Homeland" (http://www.svabhinava.org/abhinava/Di...)

Paper on "Love, devotion, and service: retelling the Râmâyana in Gowarikar's Homeland (Swades)"


at the DANAM panel (09 Nov 2009) at the American Academy of Religions conference at Montreal.


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