Shahrukh Khan played a NASA scientist in the 2004 film Swades and worked on the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) satellite in the film. GPM is an international network of satellites that provide global observations of rain and snow in order to better understand the global water cycle. Now, NASA has launched exactly the same satellite that SRK was working on in the film.
The climate change satellite was launched on February 28 from the Tanegashima Space Center in South Western Japan.
NASA’s website says “GPM will help us better understand our ever-changing climate, improve forecasts of extreme weather events like floods, and assist decision makers around the world to better manage water resources.”
Now that statement mirrors Sharukh’s dialog from the film. When a reporter asks him if the project justifies the budget, he says “Globally, there is a danger of water recession in the near future. It will not be unreal to imagine that in the 21st century, cities like Beijing, Amman, New Delhi, Santiago, Jakarta, Mexico City, Lima, and many others, will drink up their surrounding waters and perish. Water is going to be rare. Is it not a reason enough to justify any budget?”