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5.0 out of 5 stars Life, burn slowly
"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...
Published on 19 Feb 2006 by ex nihilo

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3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Life, burn slowly, 19 Feb 2006
This review is from: Paheli [DVD] [2005] (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.
How like Bollywood to make a film that can be "read" at several levels, where there is all the glamorous entertainment typical of Indian films -music,songs, gorgeous clothes, bright colours...- and ethical themes that provide food for thought. And it really is like that: Sharukh Khan is his old charming and adorable self (and getting better and better at acting; I hope he NEVER retires !!!), Rani Mukherji has just the right chemistry for him, none eclipsing the other (although she's strikingly beautiful and quite a good actress), the music and songs have to be some of THE BEST I've ever heard in my life, the local setting in Rajastan is so intriguing that it takes an effort not to begin packing your bags to go there immediately.
And all in all, the "paheli" or dilemma/riddle for me is....how can you pretend to have any kind of relationship with someone if you don't give him/her the oportunity to choose? The answer is that this is, of course, impossible: there is no love without freedom of choice.
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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
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Jane Collie "Jana" (UK) - See all my reviews
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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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A. Stuart "Manawydan" (uk) - See all my reviews
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 29 Aug 2014
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Amazing film. Fantastic dance routines and lovely acting.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Excellent cinematography, but......., 6 Jan 2006
This review is from: Paheli [DVD] [2005] (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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