The only other film I rated a zero this year was Arjun Rampal starrer Roy and I still haven't recovered from the trauma. With Ek Paheli Leela, I am back in the hospital bed.
Let me not start with the story, because if I do that, I may end up dead in the process. Honestly, I wanted to walk out of the movie hall in less than 30 minutes (that is the time I stipulate for a particular movie to decide whether it is watchable or not). Let me tell you what I could gather in those 30 minutes: two item songs, six flesh flashes, and three highly absurd conversations. I did not want to know where the story was going because the development is so dreary. And the trailer had made no sense.
Then you will ask me what was I expecting? Yes, I was expecting all the above factors that would surround a mystery as the title clearly suggests. While there seems to be a foolish paheli hidden in the plot, I really didn't care to know what that is, because of the limpy introduction. And once you understand the paheli, you pull out your dictionary and search for the definition of paheli (mystery).
If you can pass the obnoxious 30 minutes, you may enjoy the rest of the film. At the end, you will be content to have watched the same cleavage in different, colourful blouses and the humanity will liberate. So while there may be a paheli in the story, for me, the real paheli is the existence of people who are raving about the film.
BOTTOM LINE: Be wise and skip it! 0/10 - fail.
Can be watched with a typical Indian family? NO
It really is a PAHELI as to how a film such as this got made and how I sat through it for the sake of writing a review.