Swades is one of the most critically acclaimed movies but remained average successful at the box office featuring Shahrukh Khan and directed by Ashutosh Gowarikar in 2004. This movie has made it name in Bollywood’s classic as Swades won hearts of many.
Swades is a story of Mohan Bhargava who left his high-end life and job in the US just to help his village in India and became an inspiration on how one person can change or affect thousands of lives. Willpower and determination are only two things one needs to bring a change! This film has completed 14 years of the milestone today so let’s take a look at the other side of this movie.
Actually, it is the story of an NRI couple Aravinda Pillalamarri and Ravi Kuchimanchi. Swades in many terms is a real-life based story where the duo returned to India in order to improve the society here with an inconceivable vision.
Ravi is a man who remained deeply connective to his roots; India. While pursuing Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Maryland, USA, he founded AID (Association for Indian Development) in 1991. AID is a worldly charity organization based in the United States which works towards promoting “sustainable, equitable and just development”.
For their work, AID has won a number of awards including ‘Global Impact Award’ by Times of India. It has 36 more branches with over 1000 volunteers spread across the globe. Ravi’s life partner Aravinda belongs to the US and has been working with AID since 1995 and that’s where they both met and starting working together for making India more better. After completing their Masters’ degree in South Asian Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Ravi and Arvinda moved to India to work full-time on several AID projects in 1998.
One of their projects is of Bilgaon, a town in Maharashtra located on Udai, a side stream of Narmada river which had no electricity even 55 years after Independence. It started in 2002 and completed in 2003 with the help of a tiny 15KW generator.