Things grow more and more desperate, and ridiculous, as three heroin addicts drive all over Los Angeles in search of what they need.
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Similar to the dual nation setting of Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), Pardes (1997) takes a serious look at the lives of Westernized Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) in North America. Whereas Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge was about NRIs with Indian hearts, Pardes is about Westernized NRIs.) and hence the meaning of the title – “foreign land”.
Mysterious events surround the travels of two brothers as they make their way across a remote American landscape. On the surface all seems normal, but what appears to be a simple vacation soon gives way to a dark and complex web of secrets. This is the feature film version of the 2011 short film going by the same name.
Meet innocent Jim, terrified of girls, and on a reluctant quest to prove his manhood the night before he turns 30. He and his cocky friend Alex think they’ve hit the jackpot when they meet the beautiful siblings Kitty and Lulu, who seem up for anything on a wild party-fuelled night. But little do they know that the femmes fatales want to make Jim lose much more than just his virginity… Getting laid has never been so bloody difficult.
Raj is a struggling singer with big dreams, who is still waiting for his big break. One night he witnesses an accident near the railway tracks. The car spins out of control, and lands on the tracks of an on-coming train. Raj runs over to the wreakage, notices that the occupant, in Hindu marrige attire, is still breathing, and pulls her out just in time. Raj takes her to the hospital, and the girl’s family are informed. The girl, Pooja Oberoi, survives, but is in a vigil coma, a condition whereby she can hear and see everything, but will not be speak nor move any part of her body. The Oberoi family is grateful to Raj, and are led to believe that he is Pooja’s groom, Romi. Raj is reluctant to accept this, but then he changes his mind and accepts being the groom, as he has an agenda of his own, and takes advantage of this accident to further his goals, until he meets Jahnvi, and falls in love with her, not knowing that this decision will change his life forever.
A staff member of a game company came to a historical museum in the border city of China. They are Wu Mi, a second-generation rich man, Mei Feng, a graduating internationaire, and Andrew, a Russian drunkard. The three inadvertently crossed into China at the end of the 1945 war.
A young mute girl from Pakistan loses herself in India with no way to head back. A devoted man with a magnanimous spirit undertakes the task to get her back to her motherland and unite her with her family.