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22 June 2005 (Kuwait) See more »
A folktale... a story of eternal love... of precious moments... of a woman and her dreams...
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  (in credits order)

Shah Rukh Khan ... Kishanlal / Ghost

Anupam Kher ... Bhanwarlal

Rani Mukerji ... Lachchi

Amitabh Bachchan ... The Shepherd

Naseeruddin Shah ... Male Puppet (voice)

Sunil Shetty ... Sunderlal

Juhi Chawla ... Gajrobai

Dilip Prabhavalkar ... Kanwarlal

Nina Kulkarni ... Mrs. Bhanwarlal
Padma Rani ... Bhanwarlal's aunt
Sharvari Jamenis

Aditi Govitrikar ... Kamli
Advait Trivedi
Palak Jain

Ratna Pathak ... Female Puppet (voice)

Rajpal Yadav ... Bhoja
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Somesh Agarwal ... Mangilal
Mohan Bhandari ... Thakur
Rishi Deshpande ... Kishan's friend

A.K. Hangal ... Jeevraj
Vijay Mishra
Surendra Rajan ... Wise Man 3
Nikhil Ratnaparkhi ... Banwari

Aashif Sheikh ... Ghost
Lekh Tandon ... Wise Man 1
Anita Wahi ... Lachchi's mother

Directed by
Amol Palekar 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Vijayadan Detha  novel
Vijayadan Detha  story
Sandhya Gokhale  dialogue
Sandhya Gokhale  screenplay
Amol Palekar  story

Produced by
Sanjiv Chawla .... executive producer
Gauri Khan .... producer
Shah Rukh Khan .... producer
Ajay Kumar Sharma .... line producer
Original Music by
M.M. Keeravani  (as M.M. Kreem)
Adesh Shrivastava 
Cinematography by
Ravi K. Chandran 
Film Editing by
Amitabh Shukla 
Art Direction by
Muneesh Sappel 
Costume Design by
Shalini Sarna 
Production Management
Hemant Desai .... production manager
Sameer Khan .... production manager
Samir Khan .... production manager
Anil Sable .... production supervisor
Rajan Vanmali .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sachin Bokil .... assistant director
Sandhya Gokhale .... assistant director: associate
Anupam Maanav .... trainee assistant director
Punit Malhotra .... assistant director
Tarun Mansukhani .... assistant director
Haroon A. Mirza .... chief assistant director
Vaibhav Misra .... assistant director
Neena Naishabh .... assistant director
Pushkaraj Raj Paranjpe .... assistant director
Harish Senapati .... assistant director
Art Department
Haris Umar Khan .... assistant art director
Amit Lad .... assistant art director
Prashant Laharia .... assistant art director
Yadav Rajesh .... assistant art director
Bhupendar Singh .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Subir Kumar Das .... assistant re-recordist
Subir Kumar Das .... sound effects mixer
Anup Dev .... sound re-recordist
Baylon Fonseca .... production sound mixer
Umar Khan .... assistant sound recordist
Umar Khan .... sound recording assistant
Anuj Mathur .... sound designer
Ali Merchant .... dubbing matching
Ali Merchant .... non-sync effects
Ali Merchant .... sound ambiance
Shankar Singh .... assistant sound editor
Special Effects by
Ali Merchant .... special effect: dubbing, matching, ambiance & non-sync effect
Deven Munjal .... special effects assistant
Visual Effects by
Supriya Avate .... compositor
Haresh Hingorani .... visual effects supervisor
Akhilesh Jain .... digital compositor
Arjun Mitra .... visual effects supervisor
Sachin Paranjpe .... visual effects artist
Vishal Punjabi .... visual effects producer
Satish Kanta Sorensangbam .... visual effects artist (as S. Satish Kanta)
Junaid Syed .... senior digital effects artist
Keitan Yadav .... visual effects supervisor
Allan Amin .... stunt coordinator: action
Camera and Electrical Department
Piyush Acharya .... jimmy jib operator
Ayananka Bose .... associate cinematographer
Raaj Chakravarti .... gaffer
Dharma .... dolly operator
V. Hariprasad .... associate cinematographer
Ganesh S. Hegde .... lighting technician
V. Ajith Reddy .... focus puller
Prakash Shetty .... gaffer
K. Sudhakar .... focus puller
Hari Vendantam .... associate cinematographer
Editorial Department
Rohan Desai .... digital intermediate supervisor
Sanjay Sharma .... associate editor
Music Department
Pallikonda Adrushta Deepak .... additional programmer: songs (as Deepak P.A.)
Pallikonda Adrushta Deepak .... recording engineer: songs (as Deepak P.A.)
Sunidhi Chauhan .... playback singer
Shreya Ghoshal .... playback singer
Gulzar .... lyricist
Hariharan .... playback singer
Madhushree .... playback singer
Sonu Nigam .... playback singer
Bela Shende .... playback singer
Sukhwinder Singh .... playback singer
Other crew
Neel Doctor .... accounting executive
Ravi Jhankal .... dialogue supervisor
Farah Khan .... choreographer
Rahila Mirza .... media consultant
Himanshu Nanda .... publicity designer
Rahul Nanda .... publicity designer
Blesson Oommen .... manager: accounts and finance
Rosario .... assistant choreographer
Anil Sable .... production controller
Vivek Sharma .... post-production designer
Aditya Shrivastava .... office manager
Abhijeet Ubale .... accounting executive
Abhijeet Ubale .... production accountant

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140 min
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Did You Know?

The Rajasthan desert in the film was originally to have been CGI, which would have made this the first Hindi film with a CGI background, but it was too expensive, so an artificial desert was created.See more »
Kishen:I'm a ghost after all.See more »
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Referenced in Pyare Mohan (2006)See more »
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13 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Paheli-Interesting like a puzzle, 3 July 2005
Author: sandhirflora from India

We always talk about the great Indian treasure we have in the form of literature but when it comes to adapting them for films for mass consumption, everybody for some strange reason adopted a ridiculous view that this cannot be commercially viable proposition. Paheli, here not only comes as a whiff of fresh air by being original but also as a tight slap on the face of all such advocates of escapist, masala cinema. Also its not an easy cake-walk for those "Hollywood (now even other world cinema) DVDs-inspired fools". Three cheers to Shahrukh for he took a great leap by lending his hands to this film by not just acting in it but also producing it. (Never mind if he is competing with fellow actor Aamir who produced "Lagaan'). Based on book by Vijay Dan Detha, (it was adapted way back in 1973 by Director Mani Kaul for his film-Duvidha) it has captured everything with grandeur. Is it superfluous or sumptuous? May be to an extent but definitely it did not look like a patch as in cases of our Devdases and Blacks. The mind blowing Art Direction (Munish Sappel), Exotic Locations, Costumes (Shalini Sarna), Jewellery (Tanishq), everything falls seamlessly into place. Cinematography (Ravi K. Chandran) and Visual Efx (Eagle Video Films-Prime Focus) is first rate. The sequence where a ghost morphs into a Crow and then to a Squirrel, followed by a bird and finally a Man is mesmerizing. Rani Mukherji and Mr. Bachchan (in Cameo) are competent as usual. Amol Palekar, the director always delivers, never disappoints and same is the case here in his Ninth Film To top it not only he crafted an aesthetic, wonderful fairy-tale looking folklore but also manages his lead actor to perform wisely within the periphery of character, without going over the top. Look at the different number of expressions Shahrukh has given every time while mumbling same line-"Phal..Phool Gulabjal". No doubt a rare achievement. . It has some minus points too; the camel race is not shot well. May be it is difficult to capture and is also redundant. Sequence could have been shorter. Rajpal Yadav's Character is completely unnecessary and could have been avoided. Also can somebody please tell him not to play to the gallery for 'N'th time? Sub plot of Juhi Chawla and Suneil Shetty also has nothing to contribute to the narrative. Songs are too many and mostly out of situation. Also the drama quotient in climax is low, it could have been treated with more impact. Narrative of whole film would be more interesting if they played on subtle humor throughout the film. Nevertheless, all these come across as minor flaws. A word of advice for Shahrukh, stick to such cinema rather than doing those mindless NRI romances, as you will gradually find a rather larger audience never mind if it takes another 2-3 attempts. All in all, in one word the whole viewing experience can be described as "Phenomenal".

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