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Paheli [DVD] [2005]

Amitabh Bachchan , Shah Rukh Khan    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukherjee
  • Format: Anamorphic, Colour, DVD-Video, Import, PAL
  • Language: Hindi
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: Hindi
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Eros International
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Aug 2005
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AC538M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,313 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Bollywood drama, based on a classic Rajasthani folktale. Lachchi (Rani Mukherjee) is an innocent young girl engaged to be married to the money-hungry Kishan (Shah Rukh Khan). When Kishan leaves her behind on their wedding night to undertake a business trip that will last five years, a tormented ghost that has fallen in love with Lachchi takes on his appearance and masquerades as Kishan. Five years later, when the real Kishan comes back, confusion reigns. Only a wise old shepherd (Amitabh Bachchan) knows the three secret tests that can resolve the matter.

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The movie is narrated by two puppets, voiced by Naseeruddin Shah and his real-life wife Ratna Pathak Shah. Enthusiastic young Lachchi (Rani Mukerji) is to be married to Kishen (Shahrukh Khan), the son of the rich merchant Bhanwarlal (Anupam Kher). Kishen is a dutiful son who honors his father's wish to start a new, far-away business on a predetermined auspicious date, which happens to be the day after the wedding ceremony. On the wedding night, Kishen turns away from his wife to finish his bookkeeping, and in the early morning hours sets off on a business trip that is to last five years. Lachchi is devastated; Gajrobai (Juhi Chawla), her husband's sister-in-law, consoles her, empathizing on the grounds that Gajrobai's husband Sunderlal (Sunil Shetty) has also disappeared. The next day, a ghost appears, having taken Kishen's shape and voice because of his own attachment to Lachchi.Lachchi is thus presented a riddle (hence the title "paheli") between the representation of all of her desires in the form of the ghost and her real husband. She takes this new, fond, sexual, magical, social, self-confident version of Kishen as hers. As Kishen, the ghost befriends all of the real Kishen's family and keeps Bhanwarlal happy by providing him with magical, possibly illusory, gold coins. His only blunder is in his treatment of the messenger Bhoja, who is perplexed by the idea that Kishen has sent a letter from his business trip only to receive it himself in his own house and offended when the ghost (who appears as Kishen) does not offer him a drink of water. Lachchi's bliss goes on until four years later, when she is pregnant and the real Kishen returns to see if the rumors about his wife's pregnancy are true. He returns to find the ghost in his (Kishen's) own form. Kishen's family is unable to determine which of the doppelgangers is the real Kishen (the ghost refusing to confess).

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life, burn slowly 19 Feb 2006
Format:DVD
"Life, burn slowly" -Dharelee jeli (?) in Hindi- is the title of one of the songs inside this Indian film. It is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard, and, like the rest of the film, tells us to enjoy life as we get it. Ironically, it is a ghost (Sharukh Khan) who must show us how much life is worthwhile.
The plot for this wonderful Indian movie is inspired on an old folk tale, a love story that tells the dilemma faced by Lachcho when an incarnated ghost takes the place of her absent husband. The husband (played by Sharukh Khan, too) has never really been anything but cold towards her, giving more importance to material gains than to his new relationship, and not caring for his new wife's feelings to the point of abandoning her in pursuit of riches after the wedding night. In steps the ghost, who fell in love with the young bride after just a glimpse of her while she was travelling to her new home. The ghost is grateful for this opportunity of tasting life in the place of Lachcho's reluctant husband, but immediately decides against doing this at the cost of Lachcho's feelings or dignity: he tells her from the beginning that he is not her husband, declares his love and lets her decide what she wants to do.
This opportunity to decide is a deeply moving moment for Lachcho, who has never in her life been asked her opinion, not even about her own life. And this dilemma provides the vehicle for one of the movie's most important themes: the dignity that comes with making our own decissions and taking responsibility for our lives; a dignity that, unfortunately, is denied to many women.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shah Rukh in a very different role 22 Aug 2005
Format:DVD
Forget reality and immerse yourself in this wonderful folk tale. The colours will amaze you and the music complete the whole scenario, making you feel like you have been whisked off to Rajasthan for real. Shah Rukh and Rani have loads of chemistry between them and Shak Rukh does a brilliant job of portraying the two characters, who look identical but are very different.... one totally in love with Rani (the ghost) and the other, controlled by money (the husband). Be thrilled and feel for the characters when the ending is reached...... which is the solution of the Paheli (riddle) but maybe not what it seems..........
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderfull 3 Aug 2013
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Just watch it, not your typical script. Surprising ending and a good love story. Totally recommended and good intro to Bollywood.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet 6 April 2013
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this is a sweet film, the setting is amazing and so are the costumes but it just doesn't have the impact of SRK's other films
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2.0 out of 5 stars Excellent cinematography, but....... 6 Jan 2006
Format:DVD
From the start of the film, it is clear that the cinematography and colours will take one's breath away. The animation and camerawork is pretty nifty and a step in the right direction for Bollywood. Special effects however are the only true stars of Paheli. The storyline itself is weak and complete baloney, even for a folk-tale. Unless you are an avid fan of Shah Rukh Khan and/or Rani Mukherji, I would simply rent it out.
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