Paheli’! Rajasthani Folklore on Celluloid

Rani Mukharji in Paheli

How many people remembered the official entry of 79th Academy Awards? Yes, we are discussing Amol Palekar’s ‘Paheli’ starting Shah Rukh Khan and Rani Mukherjee. Soon, the film is going to complete 10 years of its release. Here in this blog, we are paying tribute to the movie congratulating the entire cast and crew of ‘Peheli’.

Rani Mukharji in Paheli
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The movie was entirely shot in different locations in Rajasthan. Director Amol Palekar tried to capture the rural Rajasthan on celluloid. He showed desserts, palaces and villages of Rajasthan and the story was basically taken from one of the popular folklores. The movie was critically acclaimed but failed to mark its strong presence at Box Office.

Paheli was Bollywood’s first fantasy movie and the film also stared Amitabh Bachchan, Juhi Chawla, Anupam Kher is most prominent roles. The film is a visual treat for the audiences and Amol Palekar was successful to show Rajasthan in such beautiful way.

Shah Rukh Khan played double roles in the movie opposite Rani Mukherjee. According to some reports, the movie was a remake of a Hindi film named ‘Duvidha’, which was released in 1973. Though ‘Paheli’ was not an official remake but it managed to walk on the same line of ‘Duvidha’. The film was produced under the banner of Red Chillies, which is Shah Rukh Khan’s production house.

The most interesting part in this movie is that it starts with narrating voices by Naseeruddin Shah and Ratna Pathak Shah. The film was a breeze of fresh air and it got so much of appreciation from the critics.

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The movie is going to complete its 10 years of release and we expect that along with critical appreciations these type of movies starts getting praises from the Indian Audiences as well.