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Paheli (1977)

  • GenreDrama
  • FormatColour
  • LanguageHindi
  • Run Time131 mins
  • Gauge35 mm
  • Censor RatingU
  • Censor Certificate NumberU-86106-MUM
  • Certificate Date17/11/1977

 The same village. The same nature. The same fascinating atmoshphere. But this time Monto did not find anything interesting. Everything appeared different. Why? That was the 'Paheli' .

Only the previous year after giving matriculation exmination, he had come for the first time to the village on his father's insistance to spend few days with his grandmother. His four schoolmates had also accompanied him. In two days they got bored and left the village. Monto would have also left but he could not hurt the feelings of his grandmother. So, he stayed behind. And Gouri who used to tease him became his great friend. Together they found joy in the green valley. So when ultimately he left teh village, he promised his grandmother that he would return next year in teh vacation.

Accordingly, he returned to the village. But in one year he found that Gouri had changed beyond recognition. She would not talk to him. Wherever he sought her, she ran away from him. He could not know the reason for her strange behaviour. When he asked his grandmother, she replied that Gouri had grown up.

Monto was puzzled. Gouri undestood his predicament. But she could not break her silence and behave in carefree manner as she used to, only a year ago. When Monto decided to go back, even the grandmother could not stop him. When Gouri came to know of his departure, she did not know what to do? Could she reveal the truth? Would he understand the reason for her metamorphosis? Find the answer to this 'Paheli' on the silver screen.

(From the official press booklet)




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