Paheli (2005)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 20 mins

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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. Four years later, it is 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 birth the family finds out to their horror that there is an impostor who is claiming to be Kishanlal, and the husband of Lachchi. The family and the town are unable to decide who is real and who the impostor, as both look like twins, so they decide to approach the king and do his bidding. The question remains, who is the second Kishanlal and what possible motive could he have for coming to claim Lachchi as his wife?
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Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Anupam Kher, Juhi Chawla, Rajpal Yadav, Rani Mukerji, Shah Rukh Khan, Sunil Shetty

Crew: Amol Palekar (Director), Ravi K Chandran (Director of Photography), Aadesh Shrivastva (Music Director), MM Keeravani (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Fantasy, Romance

Release Dates: 24 Jun 2005 (India)

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

Hindi Name: पहेली

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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
Hindi
Colour Info:
Color
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Dolby Digital, DTS
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24 fps
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2.35 : 1
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Music Label: T-Series
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Taglines:
A folktale a story of eternal love and precious moments of a woman and her dreams.
Trivia:
This movie was nominated as India's official entry to the 79th Academy Awards.

This movie had a grand opening at the ninth Zimbabwe International Film Festival at the Libertie Cinema Complex in Harare. It was also screened at both the Sundance Film Festival and the Palm Springs International Film Festival.

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.

This movie was initially entitled "Ghost Ka Dost".

This film was shot in 47 days.

Tanishq Jewellers designed the jewelry used in the film, and later, stated the fact in their advertisements.

This movie was selected to be India's official entry to the Oscars.

It is a remake of the 1973 Hindi film titled "Duvidha" directed by Mani Kaul. Both of these films are based on a story by Vijayadan Detha.

The Rajasthan desert in the film was originally to have been CGI (computer graphics imaging), which would have made this the first Hindi film with a CGI background, but it was too expensive, so an artificial desert was created.
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Referenced in: Pyare Mohan (Hindi)