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Riddle ()

Paheli (original title)
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A folk tale - supernatural love story about a ghost who falls in love with a newlywed woman.

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Kishanlal / Ghost
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Lachchi
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Bhanwarlal
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Male Puppet (voice)
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Female Puppet (voice) (as Ratna Pathak)
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The Shepherd (Special Appearance)
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Sunderlal (Special Appearance)
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Gajrobai
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Kanwarlal
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Mrs. Bhanwarlal
Padma Rani ...
Bhanwarlal's aunt
Sharvari Jamenis
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Bhoja
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Kamli
Palak Jain
Advait Trivedi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Somesh Agarwal ...
Mangilal
Mohan Bhandari ...
Thakur
Rishi Deshpande ...
Kishan's friend
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The berries girl
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Jeevraj
Vijay Mishra
Surendra Rajan ...
Wise Man 3
Nikhil Ratnaparkhi ...
Banwari
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Ghost
Lekh Tandon ...
Wise Man 1
Anita Wahi ...
Lachchi's mother

Directed by

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Amol Palekar

Written by

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Vijayadan Detha ... (novel)
 
Vijayadan Detha ... (story)
 
Sandhya Gokhale ... (dialogue)
 
Sandhya Gokhale ... (screenplay)
 
Amol Palekar ... (story)

Produced by

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Sanjiv Chawla ... executive producer
Gauri Khan ... producer
Shah Rukh Khan ... producer
Ajay Kumar Sharma ... line producer

Music by

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M.M. Keeravani ... (as M.M. Kreem)
Adesh Shrivastava

Cinematography by

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Ravi K. Chandran

Film Editing by

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Amitabh Shukla

Editorial Department

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Rohan Desai ... digital intermediate supervisor
Sanjay Sharma ... associate editor

Art Direction by

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Muneesh Sappel

Costume Design by

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Shalini Sarna

Production Management

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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

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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

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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

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Subir Kumar Das ... assistant re-recordist / sound effects mixer
Anup Dev ... sound re-recordist
Baylon Fonseca ... production sound mixer
Umar Khan ... assistant sound recordist / sound recording assistant
Anuj Mathur ... sound designer
Ali Merchant ... dubbing matching / non-sync effects / sound ambiance
Karnail Singh ... foley artist
Shankar Singh ... assistant sound editor / sound editor

Special Effects by

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Ali Merchant ... special effect: dubbing, matching, ambiance & non-sync effect
Deven Munjal ... special effects assistant

Visual Effects by

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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
Chandrakant Sakpal ... visual effects
Satish Kanta Sorensangbam ... visual effects artist (as S. Satish Kanta)
Junaid Syed ... senior digital effects artist
Keitan Yadav ... visual effects supervisor

Stunts

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Allan Amin ... stunt coordinator: action

Camera and Electrical Department

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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 K. Vedantam ... associate cinematographer (as Hari Vendantam)

Music Department

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Pallikonda Adrushta Deepak ... additional programmer: songs (as Deepak P.A.) / 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

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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 / production accountant

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 family finds out to their horror that there is an impostor who is claiming to be Kishanlal, and the husband of Lachchi. The family and the town are unable to decide who is real and who the impostor, as both look identical, so they decide to approach the king and do his bidding. The question remains, who is the second Kishanlal and what possible motive could he have for coming to claim Lachchi as his wife? 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... See more »
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Also Known As
  • Riddle (United States)
  • The Dilemma (United Kingdom)
  • Paheli, le fantôme de l'amour (France)
  • Paheli - Das Rätsel einer Liebe (Germany)
  • Die Schöne und der Geist (Germany)
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Runtime
  • 140 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend India INR94,209,000, 01 Jul 2005

Did You Know?

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Trivia When Amol Palekar narrated the script to Shahrukh Khan, the first question he was asked was if his company Red Chillies could produce the film. The second question was if Palekar could give him a part in the film, no matter how small it was. He got the dual role of Kishen and the Ghost. See more »
Movie Connections Referenced in Pyare Mohan (2006). See more »
Soundtracks Dhire Jalna See more »
Quotes The Shepherd: [narrating] A folktale... a love story about a woman named Lachchi. Like a rainbow, Lachchi's love was many-splendoured. But there was one obstacle in this love story - Lachchi's lover was a ghost...
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