‘Phillauri’ revolves around a spirit, who doesn’t have to do with a horror content, so just relax! It’s actually a movie about a “friendly” ghost, Shashi (Anushka Sharma) who accidentally gets married to a Canada-based Punjabi guy Kanan (Suraj Sharma) because he was forced to marry a tree in order to ward-off the “maanglik dosh” from his kundli. Shashi had a fateful love story when she was alive and that’s the reason she’s residing in a tree. And now that the tree has been chopped-off, she is bound to be with Kanan. On the other hand, Kanan is getting married to his childhood friend cum lover Anu (Mehreen Pirzada). The movie narrates the tale of two people, Shashi and Kanan in two different times. During the year 1919, Shashi was to marry her lover Phillauri (Diljit Dosanjh), but he couldn’t turn up on his wedding day and so she hangs herself to death. Phillauri is the famous “bhaant, kanjar, piyakkad” singer, who finds solace in Shashi. And now she has a chance to find her long lost lover through Kanan and Anu.
There are a lot of memorable moments in the film, especially the pre-independence era showcasing the love story of Shashi and Phillauri. It’ll bring tears into your eyes for sure. Also, the way Diljit has been portrayed in the film, well, you’ll just won’t be able to keep your eyes off him (guaranteed!). The movie celebrates love, life, marriage and death in a very poetic style which is practically the best feature in the entire film. You’ll completely love the confused-aimless-swagger Kanan aka. Suraj in the film.
It’s a positively slow movie which takes time to build-up. Anushka Sharma performed much better, but she could have excelled. The story runs very slow and you might feel a little disconnected during the run. You might find the far-end of the movie a little unnecessarily stretched-out and too much of self-seriousness with a little humour here and there.
Anshai Lal has created a fresh story, but it seems he has found it a little difficult in executing two different stories simultaneously. There was a little more scope of showing the Punjabi culture which lacked in the film. There were many incomplete moments which gave a turn-down feeling, or maybe that we expected far more than this. The shots taken for the actors will leave you spell-bound and you’ll be mesmerized by the story of Shashi and Phillauri.
The music is a thumbs-up point in the movie with many soulful tracks composed by Shashwat Sachdev and Jasleen Royal. It has brought a rustic Punjabi folk feeling and this will delight you. You must have already fallen in love with the lyrics which were beautifully written by Anvita Dutt Guptan, Aditya Sharma, Neeraj Rajawat and Shellee. “Dum Dum” and “Sahiba” are some of the most innocent-romantic numbers which you can’t stop humming throughout the film.
Phillauri is a fresh idea with a loosely gripping story. Anushka as a “translucent” ghost will strike a good chord with you, but you’ll definitely love Diljit and Suraj in the film. Kudos to the amazing VFX team as well! Phillauri will definitely connect with you, emotionally especially after the second half. The movie is largely a light-hearted drama with a lot of good memories, but nothing extraordinary as far as the story is concerned because it’s inspired by the famous Hollywood flick ‘Corpse Bride’. Do watch the movie if you are a die-hard fan of Anushka and Diljit, and if you’re looking for a new kind of romantic movie to watch with the whole family.
Bollypedia Rating – 2.5/ 5 stars