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Paheli (2005)

Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy, Romance | 24 June 2005 (India)
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A folk tale - supernatural love story about a ghost who falls in love with a newlywed woman.

Director:

Amol Palekar

Writers:

Vijayadan Detha (novel), Vijayadan Detha (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shah Rukh Khan ... Kishanlal / Ghost
Rani Mukerji ... Lachchi
Anupam Kher ... Bhanwarlal
Naseeruddin Shah ... Male Puppet (voice)
Ratna Pathak Shah ... Female Puppet (voice) (as Ratna Pathak)
Amitabh Bachchan ... The Shepherd (Special Appearance)
Sunil Shetty ... Sunderlal (Special Appearance)
Juhi Chawla ... Gajrobai
Dilip Prabhavalkar ... Kanwarlal
Nina Kulkarni ... Mrs. Bhanwarlal
Padma Rani Padma Rani ... Bhanwarlal's aunt
Sharvari Jamenis Sharvari Jamenis
Rajpal Yadav ... Bhoja
Aditi Govitrikar ... Kamli
Palak Jain Palak Jain
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Storyline

Parsimonious Bhanwarlal is a Bania (businessman) who lives in Navalgarh, Rajasthan, along with his wife; his sons Sunderlal and Kishanlal; Sunderlal is married to Gajrobai and has a son. During the annual camel race, Sunderlal loses the race to the Thakur and out of shame leaves home, never to return. Now Kishanlal has come of age and is married to Lachchi. But on the very next day of the marriage, he must leave for Jamnagar to expand business, and can return only after 5 years. A tearful Lachchi bids him goodbye, but to her pleasant surprise he returns within a few days, and informs his dad that he met a holy sage who had instructed him to return as he will find five gold coins every morning. Pleased with this, Bhanwarlal does not object to Kishanlal's return. After four years, it is now time for the camel race again, and this time Bhanwarlal's camel wins, much to the chagrin of the Thakur who suspects witchcraft. Then Lachchi gets pregnant and on the day of the child's birth the ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Taglines:

A folktale... a story of eternal love... of precious moments... of a woman and her dreams...

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

24 June 2005 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Schöne und der Geist See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

INR 94,209,000 (India), 1 July 2005

Opening Weekend USA:

$117,160, 10 July 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,409,498, 17 July 2005
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film was shot in 47 days. See more »

Quotes

Kishen: I'm a ghost after all.
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Version of Duvidha (1973) See more »

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Phir Raat Kati - Remix
Written by Gulzar (as Sampooran Singh Gulzar)
Composed by M.M. Keeravani
Performed by Sukhwinder Singh and Sunidhi Chauhan
Courtesy of Super Cassettes Industries Limited (T-Series)
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Art at its best !
26 June 2005 | by adarshgaSee all my reviews

I watched Palekar's "Paheli" today. I respect Palekar as a director - this happened right after I watched his "Thooda Sa Roomani Ho Jaaye" starring Nana Patekar. He has made few movies, but each one of them has been critically acclaimed.

I will add "Paheli" to that list. But the treatment here is slightly different and this is not a "typical" "art" film. This is largely due to the producer being Shahrukh and also most of the cast and crew being from mainstream Hindi cinema.

I felt "Paheli" was a perfect film. Take any aspect of it - direction, acting, dialogues and dialogue delivery (keeping in mind that it is set a long time back in the past and also the heavy regional accent), lyrics and music and to a large extent art direction and cinematography (this film is going to win a LOT of awards, believe me :) and deservedly so !). I couldn't find a flaw for the entire length of the movie. A special mention must be made of the high quality special effects, which are an integral part of the narrative.

Shahrukh has often been criticized of being a poor actor with a limited range. I think he has taken upon himself to prove his detractors wrong - "Swades" and now "Paheli" will convince any SRK-hater that the man does have it in him to portray different kinds of people.

In conclusion, "Paheli" is a must watch. Its about the triumph of love against all odds. And it is probably the best filmed love story I've seen in a long time !


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