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Paheli - The Mystery Review

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A friendly ghost (Shah Rukh Khan) take on the shape of a trader who’s left his new wife (Rani Mukherjee) to go on a five-year business trip. Cue lots of Bewitched-style japes as the loveable spectre uses his powers to trick his greedy ‘father’, impress th

★★★★★

This Bollywood spectacular could have been more snappily retitled Phantoms Have More Fun. The flimsy plot (adapted from an allegedly "classic" folk tale) is padded out to a near-interminable length with puppet interludes and the usual musical numbers. While there are some compensatory pleasures — the primary colours, some perky tunes, an animatronic squirrel — by the time the cast embark on an extended song about bangles (bangles!), you start to feel like you’re the one on a five-year business trip.

Energetic, colourful and completely disposable, this is the Bollywood equivalent of a seafront puppet show. And one that lasts for over two hours, at that.