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Paheli – Human Nature

I am an NRI, translated into: no-real Indian.  I follow Indian cinema in my quest to find only one million original films before humanity as we know it disappears.  I will use the term Indian cinema sparingly because I only have access to Hindi films, not Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, Marathi, Kannada, Gujarati and other languages.

Ghost films
Paheli, based on a short story by Vijayadan Detha was directed by Amol Palekar.  This 2005 film definitely taught me a lesson.  Don’t judge a book by its cover Nonqaba.  Paheli is about ghosts and puppets, and I don’t do ghost films.  Hey wait!  There was an exception some years ago.  I saw Truly Madly Deeply directed by Anthony Minghella at the Carlton Cinema in Toronto and loved it.

What do I have against ghost films?  They are not real.  So, I thought.  Paheli is not about ghosts.  It’s about human beings, and how horrible they are.  I like the way the director quickly put the story on the table.

Kishanlal, played brilliantly by Shah Rukh Kh…