Once upon a time, there was a lovely girl Lachchi (Rani Mukherji) who was married to a man who was only interested in making money. There was a ghost (Shahrukh Khan) who fell madly in love with her. On the wedding night itself, the husband left home for five long years on account of his business. The ghost took on the husband's appearance and entered her life.
A few years later, when the husband returned home, the villagers and relatives were bewildered. How this situation gets resolved is the Paheli.
Paheli is the dilemma of the girl who had to choose between the ghost's eternal love and her husband's insensitive monotone.
Paheli is the dilemma of the husband who had to face rejection from his own people.
Paheli is the dilemma of the ghost who wanted to be human and yet remain sincere and honest to his love.
Paheli is the dilemma of the parents who accepted an adorable son who was not their real son.
Paheli is the dilemma of the villagers who had to decide whether to live with ambiguity or to resolve the riddle.