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Will Paheli be the first one?

Discussion in 'Paheli' started by Wafa, Jan 20, 2006.

  1. Wafa

    Wafa I want my Mom!!!

    Will Paheli be the first one?Hoping so are Amol Palekar, Sandhya Gokhale and of course Shah Rukh on SMS
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Pune, September 27:[/FONT]

    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]What is it with Pune and Oscar nominations? Once again the movie that’s made it to the most prestigious film awards in the world from India has a very strong city connection — director Amol Palekar and scriptwriter Sandhya Gokhale, his wife, are from amche Pune. While we all ponder this, here’s unravelling Paheli and what made this film - about a bride, a bridegroom and a ghost - pip stronger contenders and bigger box office successes like Black, Page 3, Parineeta and Veer Zaara to the nomination post.
    [/FONT]This one’s an unusual triangle all right.


    This one’s an unusual triangle all right. Paheli is the story of a Rajasthani girl whose husband goes away on business for five long years soon after their marriage. A ghost, who encounters the marriage party on its way back from the wedding, falls in love with the bride and ultimately enters her home after taking on the husband’s form.

    He however confesses his true identity to the girl who accepts him. Later, the husband returns and the girl is caught between a ghost who loves her dearly and the man she is actually wedded to.
    The haunting storyline is captured with breathtaking shots of Rajasthan in all its splendour by Ravi K. Chandran along with a foot tapping score by M M Kreem.

    * Director Amol Palekar had gone to Shah Rukh Khan to request him to play the lead. However, SRK fell so much in love with the story that he asked Palekar if he could also produce the film.
    * The film is based on the story Duvidha written by legendary Rajasthani author Vijaydan Detha. The contemporary script is written by Palekar’s wife, Sandhya Gokhale, who is also the associate director of the film.
    * There were rumours that during its making, there was discord between Palekar and SRK throughout the 46 day-long shooting. Palekar laughs it off. “Some people become very uncomfortable when there’s no problem and these baseless rumours were a result of that kind of thinking.”


    * I don’t think Paheli had a mixed reaction at all when it was released. People simply loved it. Even the critics praised it. If there were some who tried to bash it, I guess they may be feeling a bit sorry now.
    * Paheli will hold its own at the Oscars because it has beautiful content, a very progressive thought and is, above all an Indian film.


    As screenplay writer and associate director, Sandhya Gokhale had to take on much more than what these two responsibilities called for, says Palekar. “She was one of the major pillars of the film.”

    For Gokhale, the challenge was to script a story that retained the folklore, added a contemporary feel to it and also brought out the feminist view. “I am especially happy that the nomination was unanimous. As for my role now, I am there to do whatever Amol and Shah Rukh require of me.”

    For Palekar, it’s too early to think of an Oscar strategy, but he’s clear on one thing - no lobbying.‘‘There’s a popular misconception that one needs to lobby to get through to the Oscars which is clearly against the rules. Members of the jury though need to get to see the film. Shah Rukh will be in the States for the next three months, so together we will promote the film.’’

    While Shah Rukh (who is abroad at present) and Palekar have been messaging each other since the announcement, it’s only when King Khan returns that they plan to “sit down and scratch our heads on what needs to be done. I will also talk to Ashutosh Gowarikar, Aamir (Khan) and Sandeep Sawant and take their advice,” adds the director.

    * Also there’s time. The Oscars are on March 5, 2006 in Hollywood.
  2. Wafa

    Wafa I want my Mom!!!

    Calcutta/Mumbai, Sept. 26:

    Will Shah Rukh Khan do in 2006 what Aamir Khan couldn’t in 2002? Will a ghost in love do with a snap of his fingers what a patriotic villager couldn’t with a bat in hand?

    These are some of the pahelis waiting to be solved with the Shah Rukh Khan-produced and Amol Palekar-directed Paheli having pipped bigger Bollywood blockbusters to the Oscar entry post late this evening.

    “It was a unanimous decision and for the first time we have given a written recommendation as a citation for Paheli,” film-maker Vinod Pande, who chaired the selection panel, told The Telegraph. “We found the film steeped in Indian ethos and cinematic excellence.

    Also, the music, costumes, location and art designing collectively make the film truly reflective of India.”
    The country’s tourism tag of “Incredible India” could have influenced the 10-member jury, appointed by the Film Federation of India, that voted the colourful period piece above the likes of Yash Chopra’s Veer-Zaara, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Black, Ketan Mehta’s Mangal Pandey — The Rising, Ashutosh Gowariker’s Swades, Madhur Bhandarkar’s Page 3, Nagesh Kukunoor’s Iqbal and Sudhir Mishra’s Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi. A Marathi film, Uttarayan, and five South Indian films were also in the fray.

    Based on Rajasthani writer Vijaydan Detha’s legendary tale Duvidha, Palekar’s Paheli is the story of a “village girl’s dilemma to choose between a ghost’s eternal love and her husband’s insensitive monotone”.

    Produced under Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies banner, the film, set in the golden deserts of Rajasthan, stars Khan as both the husband and the ghost opposite Rani Mukherjee, with cameos by Amitabh Bachchan, Suniel Shetty, Anupam Kher and Juhi Chawla.

    Pune-based Palekar told The Telegraph: “I really don’t know how to react to this. I am, of course, very happy to hear this. I am reminded of Javed Akhtar’s prophetic words at the film’s premiere.

    He told me, ‘Amol, this is the film which should get the Oscar for Indian cinema’.”

    That’s something that hasn’t happened in the 77 years of the Academy Awards with Mehboob Khan’s Mother India (1957), Mira Nair’s Salaam Bombay! (1988) and Gowariker’s Lagaan (2002) coming closest by making it to the final five nominations in the Foreign Film category.
    After Bhansali’s Devdas failed to create a mark in 2003, no film was considered fit to be India’s Oscar entry for 2004, and Marathi movie Shwaas couldn’t do much despite home support from Sachin Tendulkar and Bal Thackeray at Oscars 2005.

    For Paheli to get close to the golden statuette, the film has to campaign hard to generate a buzz among the 5,700-strong members of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
  3. khadija

    khadija Member

    We Hope So And We Are Praying For Srk

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