Rating: 2.5/5 Passable

Phillauri Review

by Rajat Srivastav

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Did a quick sample - observed 5 people siting nearby and noted how many times did they pick their mobile while watching Phillauri. Before the interval on an average 7-8 times. After the interval a little less frequent. Is that enough to gauge the pace and the engagement of movie ?

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But seriously how excited are you to watch this Anushka -starrer Phillauri and to see her as Shashi, the ghost bride especially after the super promising NH-10 ? She produces this one as well ! How keen are you to watch her romance the simpleton Sarkar Diljit dosanjh. Plus there is Suraj Sharma straight after the boat of Life of Pi. In the first film he faces a tiger and in second he faces Anushka.
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True the movie's unique , it's honest in approach , it evokes a few smiles and its clean fun with the climax being good too !
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Well is that enough for you to book your family time and money ?
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Let me try to answer that expensive question for you -
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Production values have not been compromised and it does give you the worth of watching a well spent film. 
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Story yawns in the first half but starts jogging in the second half.
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Music and soundtrack are soothing and interspersed well within the screenplay.
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Performance wise -  Diljit, Anushka, Beeji, Life of Pi  in that order of scene stealers. Anushka has underplayed and maybe rightly so. She plays a poetic Ghost. Now Akshay, Ajay, Saif, Deols etc need not play Psuedo Sardars as Bollywood has a real one in Dosanjh. Suraj Sharma is a complete natural and has a flair for effortless acting. Not once does he comes across as gawky despite being pitted against Anushka.
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However if your idea of a movie outing is different from above mentioned and it's about fast and happy entertainment with thrills galore, this one is a bit laid back and takes it own sweet pace to narrate a story and might not appeal to you !
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It's not at all bad but it just doesn't hold up too well. The second half does promise lots of hopes but runs a bit choppy at times. Would still call the movie a safe bet !!
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2.5 stars
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Phillauri review from other sources

Rediff.com 4/5

There is impressive attention to detail in the music, the sound, the cinematography, the production design, the dialogues and the direction. The fact that this is not a choice many women in India have may make the movie seem simplistic, but that does not lessen its importance. We all need heroes. Anaarkali, make no mistake, is one. Yes, Anaarkali Of Aarah might well be a fairy tale.

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TimesOfIndia.com 3/5

The actors sweep in and carry the film, though. With his body language and voice modulation, Suraj Sharma nails the confused-aimless millennial and lightens the mood. Mehreen Pirzada’s helpless and hopelessly-in-love Anu is endearing. Diljit Dosanjh brings his trademark goodness to a rather bland role. And as the translucent ghost (kudos to the VFX team), Anushka delivers a solid performance with a weird mix of sadness and humour.

It seems as though Phillauri could have gone in a lot of directions, but it took the road usually travelled.

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Sify.com 3/5

The music of the film is melodious, especially the soulful number "Sahiba". But it is the number with the lyrics ‘Mera dil fakira ho gaya…' along with ‘Dum dum' that captures the essence of the romance to perfection.

Phillauri is a well made film from debutant director Anshai Lal and is worth a watch.

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NowRunning.com 2/5

The film has flashes of brilliance, but the tedious sequences go on for so long you think you have aged when you emerge out into the sunshine.

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filmibeat.com 2.5/5

This romantic comedy has a heart of gold. Sadly it breaks a little too early leaving you with an underwhelming feeling by the end. The spirit is in the right place but it's the humans who err.

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NDTV 1.5/5

This is a shame, because Anushka Sharma, who has also produced this film, is one of our most intriguing actresses. She's fine in her part, and often beguilingly pretty, yet the film wastes her. The fundamental problem with Phillauri, I believe, may be one of miscasting. Raza Murad, the man with the greatest voice of all, is around but doesn't get to speak much. Sharma, similarly, is perfectly suitable as a ghost when gliding around or trying to blow out a chandelier bulb, but, despite sparkly translucence, she has no aura. It is in flashback that she sparks brightest, when she listens to a record for the first time, or when she allows herself to grin at the idea of shamelessness. Life becomes her.

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Glamsham.com 2/5

After NH10, the promos of PHILLAURI promised some fun but it sadly ends as a pun on itself in trying to do so many things in one film, a comedy that too supernatural one and an old fashioned romance that forces the friendly spirit to hang out from the screen wondering who is suppose to take charge of the proceedings.

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Phillauri

  • Anshai Lal
  • Karnesh Sharma
    Anushka Sharma
  • Shashwat Sachdev
  • Vishal Sinha
  • Rameshwar S Bhagat
  • Firoz Khan
  • Anvita Dutt
  • Suniel Rodrigues
  • Veera Kapur
  • Clean Slate Films
    Fox Star Studios
  • Mar 24, 2017
  • Hindi