Duvidha is a 1973 ghost movie directed by Mani Kaul. The film stars Ravi Menon and Raisa Padamsee in lead roles. The film was critically acclaimed and won the director the National Film Award for Best Direction[1] and Critics Award for Best film at the 1974 Filmfare Awards.[2] This film was remade in 2005 as Paheli, starring Shahrukh Khan and Rani Mukherjee in the lead roles.

Directed byMani Kaul
Produced byFilm Finance Corporation (NFDC)
National Music Dance Centre
Screenplay byMani Kaul
Based onDuvidha by Vijaydan Detha
StarringRavi Menon
Raisa Padamsee
CinematographyNavroz Contractor
Edited byRavi Patnaik
Release date
Running time
84 min.


The film is set in rural Rajasthan. It is based on a story by Vijayadan Detha, which relates a popular folktale from Rajasthan about a merchant's son, Krishanlal (Ravi Menon), whose relationship with his young bride, Lachhi (Raisa Padamsee), is thwarted by his work and a ghost who falls in love with her, resulting in the ghost soon impersonating the husband.[3]



The film was extensively shot in Borunda village, in Tehsil Bilara, Jodhpur district, the village of the author Vijay Dan Detha' Bijji.[3]


The music of film was given by folk musicians of Rajasthan, Ramzan Hammu, Latif and Saki Khan.[4]


The Amol Palekar movie, Paheli, released in 2005, is also based on the same story.


  1. ^ "21st National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. p. 2,32. Retrieved 29 September 2011.
  2. ^ "Filmmaker Mani Kaul dead". The Hindu. 6 July 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Profile". upperstall.com.
  4. ^ "Duvidha". Cinemas of India. Archived from the original on 4 November 2013. Retrieved 8 October 2013.

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