Producers: Gauri Khan
Director: Amol Palekar
Music: M.M. Kreem
Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Rani Mukherjee, Juhi Chawla, Suniel Shetty, Anupam Kher
Paheli tells the story of Lachchi (Rani Mukherji), an innocent girl married to Kishen, whose only real interest is making money. The aspiring businessman leaves home for a five-year business trip shortly after the wedding night itself, leaving behind a heart-broken wife. However a ghost (Shah Rukh Khan) has fallen in love with Lachchi's beauty and therefore takes the appearance of her absent husband. The ghost wastes no time in telling Lachchi the truth about his identity and tells her that if she wants him to go, he will go away. Lachchi at first is confused and scared but then accepts his love and relationship. The ghost wins everyone heart. He helps the village prosper and brings water, food and good luck to all. Eveyone loves Kishen for his good nature and generosity. In the meanwhile Lachchi is pregnant and this news reaches the real Kishen. He rushes back and seeing him there is confusion and chaois. Finally a wise old shepherd (Amitabh Bachchan) devises the three tests to resolve the paheli that has baffled everyone. The story of Paheli takes the audience into a pure fantasy world. However in our fantasy also we cant think of a ghost being able to make a human conceive. This is deffinetly a big Paheli for us. We can understand that a ghost falls in love and in order to be near his loved one, he takes the form of a human but how can a ghost be a father. How can a ghost father a child, its preposterous. Fantasy to some extent is okay but such meaningless fantasy is highly inconceivable from Director Amol Palekar. The film falls flat on such a story line. The story is quite slow and boring at times. The songs are not needed at all and are sometimes quite irritating. Performance-wise, SRK is very good. Rani once again shows that she is a great actress. Juhi Chawla and Sunil Shetty, playing husband and wife, are okay in their special appearances, although they are slightly wasted. Rajpal Yadav is a scene-stealer once again thanks to his comic ability. The rest are fine. Music is ok. Cinematograpg is excellent. Overall, not a very entertaining film. If you like watching fantasy, watch this one but do not keep too high hopes.