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Phillauri review: "Desi ghost in a movie with a videshi feel!!!"

Default avatar a2e9a80c6340f878ad8fd7bb8c610c8fa397e03b2063d2a79f8e2958749015aa By Dilseben  |  27 days ago


It's been a while since I had written the review for a movie & it had more to do with the dearth of movies which tempted me to watch. I did watch "Commando 2" & didn't feel it was worth the time to write something about. With the summer holidays fast approaching, there are a host of movies lined up for the next couple of weeks. This weekend we have Anushka Sharma's "Phillauri" hitting the screens & from the trailer, it looks pretty promising. Hopefully she wont be hurt by mediocre box office returns just like Kohli who had to retire hurt from the last match of the Ind-Aus series.

The film unfolds with Kanan (Suraj Sharma) flying down from Canada to Amritsar to marry his childhood sweetheart, Anu (Mehreen Pirzada). He didn't seem quite enthusiastic about it as he felt that they were rushing into wedlock, much to the dismay of Anu. Both their families were however moving ahead with the arrangements & one of them involved getting Kanan married to a tree to ward off the ill luck which might befall on them in future. It so happened that the tree had the spirit of Sashi (Anushka Sharma) & the ritual carried out meant he was married to her. Incidentally, he was the only one who could see her & as expected, it proves to be the trigger of mayhem. So how was Kanan going to get himself freed from Sashi or was it a figment of his imagination borne out of his weed puffing habits???

This is Anushka Sharma's second production after "NH10" & she has given the reins of the movie to the debutant director, Anshai Lal. It has been scripted by Anvita Dutt, the thread of which is kinda novel though there is a feel of Hollywood about it towards the climax. Unlike most movies, the first half is its weak point since apart from the initial laughs, hardly anything happens though it did have the scope for it, The second half is interesting when it focuses on the pre-independence love story & just like Imtiaz Ali's "Love Aaj Kal", this segment endears to the audience & I personally loved the climax (even though it was stretched a bit too much). The main drawback of the movie is its length as the subject as such wasnt explored adequately & it lacked substance. 

On the technical side, the CGI was done well, Sameer Uddin's BGM was impressive while Shashwat Sachdev & Jasleen Royal's music was in sync with the mood of the movie. Anushka Sharma has done a fine job along with Diljit Dosanjh, who impressed in the intense scenes. Suraj Sharma (of "Life of Pi" fame) was just about adequate while Mehreen Pirzada seemed apt for the role.

Verdict:  The film is unlikely to make such of an impact at the box office as it will cater only to the multiplex audience. But since the production cost is just 21C, it should be able to break even in a week or so. So would I suggest to watch it??? well I would if you are in a mood for a Hindi movie; but if you are in Kerala watch "Take Off" first before even thinking of anything else!!!

Rating: 2.5/5

Regards...Ben


Today's Highlights 

1. Hats off ! Here's the review of Fahad Fazi, Kunchako Boban Parvathy starrer Take Off


2. Check out our review of Manju Warrier Amala Akkineni starrer C/O Saira Bhanu

3. Here's our review of Midhun Manuel Thomas's Sunny Wayne starrer Alamara

4. Here's our review of Asif Ali, Bhavana starrer Honey Bee 2: Celebrations

5. Check out the teaser of Allu Arjun, Pooja Hegde starrer DJ.

6. Arya to conquer Pulimurugan? Watch official trailer of Kadamban !

7. Check out second teaser of Asif Ali, Unni Mukundan starrer Avarude Ravukal.

8.  Watch official trailer of Vijay Sethupathy, Madonna Sebastian starrer K.V Anand's Kavan.

9.  Watch exclusive teaser of Vijay Sethupathy, R Madhavan starrer Vikram Vedha.


10. Listen to first audio song from Dulquer Salman - Amal Neerad team's CIA (Comrade In America).


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I'm a Medical doctor who is pursuing a career in research. Apart from my work, I'm a sports & movie buff & do maintain a blog (http://dilseben.blogspot.com/) which is exclusively for my take on the movies that I get to watch.

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