I watched the movie Paheli yesterday. Shah Rukh does look weird with his moustache while Rani looks amazing. She is one actor I never thought would make it big. She started out with flabby thighs, unflattering figure, a bad voice and bad dancing skills. Today she still doesnt have a perfect 10 figure, is shorter than the models with hour glass bodies but is sooooooo pretty! She has in her kitty hit films from various genres, the best being 'Black'. Rani is today unarguably the queen of the Hindi film industry.
Paheli is a fairy tale based on a novel 'Duwidha' by some author whose name I forget. Rani gets married to Shah Rukh, a money minded businessman of the Bania caste. He goes away on a trip the morning after their wedding. A ghost who has fallen in love with Rani takes his shape and plays the husband's role to utter romantic perfection, with her consent! The husband returns and she is left to solve the paheli or puzzle.
The movie is good. The friendly ghost is adorable. He is like a metaphor in the movie, especially when he says that he is the love in the heart of a woman. The movie is about unfulfilled desires, about finding love in the unlikliest of places and true love (of course). Total make-believe but quite nice if you can listen to the words behind the romance and recognise the parables underneath the love story.