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The Ghost, Indian shtyle!
Jul 07, 2005 02:55 PM 1140 Views
(Updated Jul 07, 2005 02:55 PM)

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Amol Palekar decides to go commercial. Absolutely fine, since he is a fine director. He decides to work under the SRK banner. Fine again, for SRK is as commercial as it gets. He signs SRK (with a mooch) & Rani as the leads, with the Big B making a fleeting appearance. Perfect - they are undoubtedly the most successful actors currently.


Then what happens? Mr. Palekar chooses a Rajasthani folk tale - SRK the ghost falls in love with a just-married Rani whose husband (SRK again) leaves on business leaving his wife behind; The Ghost takes the form of the husband and decides to have a ball of a time with Rani (which he ends up doing!); husband returns and there is confusion; Big B steps in to clear the mess. Sounds interesting for a commercial venture with SRK & Rani in the lead?? Oops... To be fair to the director, he keeps the story interesting and has paced the movie very well. In fact, one breezes through the 2 hours+ before you realise it. He is ably supported by Ravichandran behind the camera who has probably captured Rajasthan's colours at it's best and MM Kreem with the music (one too many songs, though). Where Palekar trips up is the choice of story; Paheli will at best work in the multiplex circuit and not more.


Coming to the performances, while Amol Palekar has managed to restrain SRK, the aura of SRK the Star tends to overpower the character. This is probably something which SRK has to live with and be careful about in his roles. He did manage to shake it off well in 'Swades', but not so here. Unfortunately, Rani too falls into this trap in Paheli - she does get into the character initially, but loses focus somewhere in between. Not so in the case of Big B; probably both of them need to learn from him what getting into the skin of the character means. In a brief 5-minute appearance, the man stands tall over all. A special mention needs to be made about Rajpal Yadav the powerhouse of talent, who like the Big B, does a wonderful cameo and walks away with the acting honours. Of rest of the cast, it's good to see Anupham Kher back and doing his bit as ably as only he can; Juhi in a completely new role is a revelation - very restrained, and very wasted (by the director); Suniel Shetty struts his hairdo and does nothing else to talk about (he doesn't talk either!).


Overall, Paheli gives you a feeling of being invited to one of those mega weddings and then being told: ''Sorry, we will be just serving rice and dhaal(though in sliver plates), no liquor (hope soft drinks served in crystal glasses will suffice), and of course, though the bride & bridegroom will be there, they will not go through the rites!''


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