Movie Review: Phillauri

Movie Review: Phillauri

By Stuti Bharti

Phillauri, is the second production movie of Anushka Sharma, hits screens on Friday 24/03/2017. With a “friendly ghost” that is Anushka whose namme is Shashi in the movie, this movie is kindly based on love story. Anushka Sharma plays a role of “friendly ghost” in Phillauri. Anshai Lal’s directorial the incidents around the marriage of Suraj Sharma who plays the role of "Kanan" and Mehreen Pirzada who plays the role of "Anu",Kanan’s Childhood love. The twist in the movie is that Kanan is “manglik” So according to the rituals he first have to marry a tree and the ghost of Shashi (Anushka) is bound to him as she is the ghost on the tree. The film tells the two love stories - that of Kanan and of Shashi.

While Anushka lightens up the screen each time she appears as she was ghost in the movie, the film shines only in parts. Phillauri was not very interesting till the interval. It become little interesting only in the second half when the film focusses on Diljit and Anushka’s love story that it becomes quite entertaining. And the credit for this movie must be given to Diljit and Anushka - the presence of these two actors and the wonderful chemistry between them makes the movie interesting. The incidents of Kanan’s marriage and the sorting between the two love stories make the movie rather disjointed. The story was quite slow. The current day story was all about Punjabis that how they are very open minded and all day drinking id very casual for them and the loud Punjabi function celebration.

However, there is one part of the movie that is very impressive, set in Punjab which is undivided in the pre Independence era Anushka and Diljit’s love story is quite unusual. While in the movie Diljit plays a “bhaant, kanjar, piyakkad” singer, Anushka is the amenable sister of a doctor who believes that singing is not for “respected family". Anushka was interested in poetry and also she writes for a weekly that is very much read in her pind(Village)- Phillaur. Everyone loves her poetry but Anushka(Shashi) does not reveal her identity because of her brother’s thinking that “acche ghar ki ladkiyan ye sab nahi karti”. Not only Anushka(Shashi) finds the courage to write the poetry and post her poems, she also becomes an intellectual partner with Diljit(Phillaur), as she writes and he sings her poems. Forget the pre-Independence era, not every women in our villages can have such a talent and can be so confident on herself even in today’s time. Except that one point, there is nothing more very good or extraordinary about "Phillauri". It is a average love story between the poet and the singer. Watch it must if you have love for Anushka Sharma and Diljit Dosanjh.