Before we proceed, we'd like to caution you that the following article contains some SPOILERS about the recently released movie, Jawan. Directed by Atlee, the film stars Shah Rukh Khan in what can easily be termed as one of the Bollywood superstar's most entertaining cinematic offerings, if not THE MOST. The movie has kicked off its box office journey with a record-breaking start, largely buoyed by the pre-release buzz. With glowing reviews and positive word-of-mouth flooding in, Jawan is poised to become Shah Rukh Khan's second blockbuster of the year. Jawan Movie Review: Shah Rukh Khan is MASS MASS MASS in Atlee's Enjoyable Action-Entertainer!
Jawan also features a stellar ensemble cast, including Nayanthara, Vijay Sethupathi, Deepika Padukone, Priyamani, Sanya Malhotra, and Ridhi Dogra. And in this article, we are going to talk about Ridhi Dogra. The actress, who is 38, plays the foster mother to 57-year old Shah Rukh Khan's character Azad, and yes, their real-life age difference does make this equation slightly awkward to watch on the screen. Just like Sonali Kulkarni playing Salman Khan's mother in Bharat. Even though both actresses are presented as younger characters in select sequences within their films.
However, what truly adds an element of fascination to Ridhi Dogra's character in Jawan is an interesting Easter egg that fans of one of Shah Rukh Khan's most acclaimed films, Swades, are bound to cherish.
In Jawan, Ridhi Dogra's character assumes the role of a jail superintendent at a women's prison where Azad was born. She took him under her wing after his mother was executed by the law. Notably, Ridhi Dogra's character goes by the name Kaveri, and Azad affectionately refers to her as Kaveri Amma. Does this name trigger a memory for you? Do you recall the individual below?
In Swades, Ashutosh Gowariker's cinematic masterpiece from 2004, and yes, I dare say 'masterpiece,' the late Kishori Ballal portrayed Kaveri Amma. She served as the former nanny to Shah Rukh Khan's character, Mohan Bhargav, whom he regarded as his foster mother. So perhaps Shah Rukh Khan wanted to pay tribute to Kishori Ballal, who passed away in 2020, by naming Ridhi's character likewise.
Interestingly, Kishori Ballal had essayed the same character in an episode titled Ghar Wapsi within Zee TV's 1993 anthology series, Yule Love Stories. This episode was a source of inspiration for Swades, a film in which Ashutosh Gowariker himself assumed the role of the protagonist. Is Swades Inspired By Old Zee TV Show? This Viral Clip From Yule Love Stories, Starring Ashutosh Gowariker, Reminds Fans of Shah Rukh Khan's Film and Rightly So!
Swades, which did not perform exceptionally well at the box office initially, has since earned its rightful place as one of the finest offerings in Hindi cinema. The love for this film has only grown stronger with each passing year. So much so that even before the release of Jawan, another film, also featuring Shah Rukh Khan, paid homage to Swades last year.
In Ayan Mukerji's Brahmastra, Shah Rukh Khan's character bore the name Mohan Bhargava and was portrayed as a scientist.
Remarkably, both Jawan and Swades depict, albeit in their own unique styles, the struggles of farmers and other challenges faced by everyday individuals in India. What are your thoughts on this Swades Easter egg in Jawan? We invite you to share your reflections in the comments section below.
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