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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.Read More
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.
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More