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Paheli (2005)

 -  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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Kishanlal / Ghost
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Bhanwarlal
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Lachchi
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The Shepherd
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Male Puppet (voice)
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Sunderlal
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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)
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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 attend to business, and can only return after five years. A tearful Lachchi bids him goodbye, but to her pleasant surprise he returns within a few days, and informs his dad that he had 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 ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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

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Fantasy | Romance

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24 June 2005 (India)  »

Also Known As:

Die Schöne und der Geist  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$117,160 (USA) (8 July 2005)

Gross:

£527,467 (UK) (15 July 2005)
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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 »

Quotes

Kishen: I'm a ghost after all.
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Connections

Version of Duvidha (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Minnat Kare
Written by Gulzar (as Sampooran Singh Gulzar)
Composed by M.M. Keeravani
Performed by Shreya Ghoshal, Madhushree and Bela Shende
Courtesy of Super Cassettes Industries Limited (T-Series)
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You might as well watch it for the Shah Rukh/Rani chemistry
25 June 2005 | by (London) – See all my reviews

I came to see Pehali just to see two of my favourite actors displaying their wonderful talents on the screen. At the same token, i wished that the slightly strange storyline wouldn't falter anywhere. It didn't, but really, the film wasn't as good as it looked.

The story is different no doubt, but there wasn't any serious core to it naturally (its about the 'eternal love story' of a ghost!). This kind of prevented me from taking the film seriously.However, a very nice set design and simply superb colours made the film not entirely a joke.

The cast, as expected, was superb. Shah Rukh brought his unique and mature attitude to the screen once again and Rani just looked amazing. Anupum Kher was also excellent and performed the most subtle comic role i have ever seen in Hindi cinema. This was really what made the film enjoyable. The special appearances were also much appreciated; Juhi making a now rare appearance in mainstream films! The music is great, and Shah Rukh is successful in bringing another cinematic surprise to the silver screen. All in all, the film is fun to watch, although I feel 'Parineeta' was much better. But finally, Hindi films are starting to feel more original!


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