Paheli is a fairytale based on the legendary story “Duvidha” written by literary stalwart Vijaydan Detha. Produced by Shah Rukh Khan himself, the movie recieved moderate commercial and critical success.
Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Rani, Juhi, Sunil, Anupam Kher
Once upon a time, there was a lovely girl Lachchi (Rani Mukherji) who was married to a man interested only in making money. There was a ghost (Shahrukh Khan) who fell madly in love with her. On the wedding night itself, the husband left home for five long years on account of his business. The ghost took on the husbandâ€™s appearance and entered her life.
A few years later, when the husband returned home, the villagers and relatives were bewildered. How this situation gets resolved is the “Paheli”.
“Paheli” is the dilemma of the girl who had to choose between the ghostâ€™s eternal love and her husbandâ€™s insensitive monotone.
“Paheli” is the dilemma of the husband who had to face rejection from his own people.
“Paheli” is the dilemma of the ghost who wanted to be human and yet remain sincere and honest to his love.
“Paheli” is the dilemma of the parents who accepted an adorable son who was not their real son.
“Paheli” is the dilemma of the villagers who had to decide whether to live with ambiguity or to resolve the riddle.
Keeping the simplicity of the original folk form intact, Vijaydanjee has added contemporary dimensions in his story that stand monumental in Indian literature.
Video Source: DVD