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Phillauri is Anushka Sharma’s second venture as a producer and what impressed me the most is her inclination towards new ideas and stories. The film’s trailer gave us a glimpse that it is somewhat inspired by Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride but after watching the film I can say that its execution is very fresh and Indian. The film has flaws and the material seems less for 2 hours and 20 minutes run time. But it has some beautiful moments and works most of the times despite the fact that we feel less connected to the pivotal characters though they have performed their parts very nicely and earnestly. It means this is the inefficiency of the direction by Anshai Lal and the screenplay of Anvita Dutt though the idea and the script of Dutt are uniquely fresh and different, where she merges fantasy with the history and poetry like a champ. The highlights of this film are the songs specially Sahiba, art direction, cinematography which actually feels like the frames are around 100 years old and the performances.
Anushka Sharma as Shashi, a poetess of 1919 and the ghost of 2017 is brilliant. She is very convincing in both the parts with her comedy and emotions. Diljit Dosanjh in his second Hindi film delivers a very authentic performance as a loath folk singer of ancient Punjab, his romantic chemistry with Anushka is luke warm but he excels in the intense emotional scenes. Suraj Sharma has the range as an actor, he proves it again this time after Life Of Pie, Burn Your Maps, Million Dollar Arm and Umrika. In all his previous films he has played widely different characters and here also he as Kanan, a confused and scared Canada returned guy who accidently marries with a 100 years old ghost is very believable. Mehreen Pirzada as Anu, young fiancee of Kanan is very beautiful to look at but has less scope for acting. The VFX by Red Chillies is convincing too. With all the demerits of the film, it is still a good watch and after a long time, I can say it is also very novel as a story. Watch it for the brilliant music of Shashwat Sachdev and Jasleen Royal, its rustic old Punjabi feel and for the story above all, I’ll go with 3 stars.