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Paheli The movie is based on the legendary story "Duvidha" written by Vijaydan Detha. Keeping the simplicity of the original folk form intact, the makers has added contemporary dimensions in th story that stand monumental in Indian literature

Genre: Fantasy

Length: 140 min

(2005) - Shahrukh Khan, Rani Mukherjee



A wedding party on its way home, stops to rest under a banyan tree on which lives a ghost. The bride lifts her veil and the ghost falls in love with her. Soon after they arrive, the groom has to go away on a business trip for five long years. He passes under the same banyan tree, and the ghost, surprised and curious, takes on the guise of a man to find out his destination. Once he knows the situation, he takes the form of the young man, and goes to the village home. To explain his return to the business-minded father, he invents the story of a saint who has promised him five gold coins if he stays at home. But to the bride he tells the truth. The young woman accepts her ghostly lover and they live together for three years. When she is pregnant at last, her real husband, surprised by the news, hurries home. The father and the villagers are confronted with two identical sons.


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Shahrukh Khan
Rani Mukherjee
Amitabh Bachchan
Anupam Kher
Naseeruddin Shah
Juhi Chawla
Sunil Shetty
Dilip Prabhavalkar
Nina Kulkarni
Padma Rani
Sharvari Jamenis
Aditi Govitrikar
Await Trivedi
Palak Jain
Rajpal Yadav
Ratna Pathak
Mohan Bhandari
A.K. Hangal
Vijay Mishra
Nikhil Ratnaparkhi

Writing credits
Vijayadan Detha
Vijayadan Detha
Sandhya Gokhale
Sandhya Gokhale
Amol Palekar

Original music by
M.M. Kreem
Adesh Shrivastava

Cinematography by
Ayananka Bose
Ravi K. Chandran
V. Hariprasad

Directed by
Amol Palekar

Produced by
Sanjiv Chawla
Gauri Khan
Shahrukh Khan

Red Chillies Entertainment

Released on
June 24, 2005

Songs from Paheli

Dhire Jalna
Kangana Re
Khaali Hai Tere Bina
Phir Raat Kati
Minnat Kare
Laaga Re Jal Laaga


Tip Paheli

Based on the novel by VijayadanDetha

Initially entitled "Ghost Ka Dost"

The film was shot in 47 days

The movie is narrated by two puppets, voiced by Naseeruddin Shah and his real-life wife Ratna Pathak Shah

Film performed moderately in the box office


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