It has been a myth since times immemorial whether there is any thing like ghosts, or whether persons after their death invariably have to pass through the phase of ghosthood before they get rebirth, as many a people believe, as some live specie. Shakespeare has almost always talked of supernatural elements including witches in his plays. His ‘Hamlet’ deals with this profusely. There are several other works by different authors dealing with the theme of birth, rebirth and ghosts with romance being the central story.
Only the other day I saw ‘Talaash’ of Aamir Khan in a New Delhi picture hall with Aamir Khan himself, Rani Mukherjee and Kareena Kapoor in the lead roles. Aamir Khan is a police inspector named as Surjan Singh Shekhawat, Rani Mukherjee is his wife Roshani, and Kareena Kapoor is Simran, a girl from a red light area. Simran falls a victim to gangsters rage and dies. She turns into a ghost and is named as Rosie. There are several scenes of awe-fully robust accidents in the film with technological thunders in between. Rosie loves Surjan Singh Shekhawat, the police inspector, but refuses to reveal her real identity. Shekhawat and Roshani had a son who died in mysterious circumstances. After his death he talks to her mother with the help of a friend of hers via planchette which Shekhawat doesn’t like as he didn’t believe in ghosts and supernatural elements. The dead son insists while talking to his mother to talk also to his father Shekhawat who refuses to do so branding it all as something just false. When the film reaches a climax and the real identity of Rosie is disclosed, he repents realising that there are really such elements called ghosts and that they have capacity to talk with humans without being visible to them via planchette. The story ends on a note that ghosts and supernatural elements are a reality and that between the cycle of death and rebirth the soul remains in space as some spirit or a ghost waiting for its further transformation. It is of course left to the viewers and the readers to form their own faith the way they perceive the phenomenon.