Blind critic movie review of Phillauri
A blind perspective:
Anshai Lal’s directorial debut Phillauri is a light-hearted love story having the idea of an unplanned wedding between a human and a ghost, taken from the 2005 animated movie Corpse Bride.
However, writer Anvita Dutt comes with the concept of love in two separate time frames, today’s new age couple and the love of a century before.
Kanan (Suraj Sharma) aptly portrays the confused and staggered NRI through his voice modulation.
Anu (Mehreen Pirzada) makes her debut with the film and pulls off the Amritsar girl. She dreams of nothing more than a ‘happily ever after’ with Kanan.
Shashi (Anushka Sharma), the bride in spirit, is superb in all the frames, especially in the flashback. She is also the producer for the film.
Diljit Dosanjh compliments well for his character and performs the transformation quite well.
Director captures the lavish Punjabi wedding spirit and the pre-independence era very well and easily takes us to Phillaur, Punjab from the chair!
Phillauri’s poetry, Diljit’s voice, Shashi-the friendly ghost and especially the song Sahiban are beautiful things of this film.
However, for visually impaired audience, narrative shifts between Shashi’s past and Kanan’s present seem abrupt.
Silent comedy comes in for few scenes such as Kanan’s first brush with Shashi, Anu’s introduction to Shashi, and confuses the visually impaired audience.
Scenes in the film continue for longer than required. The film has soulful music but plays at the same time with dialogues.
Conceptually, Phillauri is a winner but you get what you see in the trailer.
Does Shashi have an unfulfilled love story? What’s her connection to Phillauri lies in the past.
For regular movie-goers, Phillauri is a good watch!
A sighted perspective:
Phillauri is a typical Bollywood love story of Shashi (Anushka Sharma) and Roop Lal / Phillauri (Diljit Dosanjh) who meet in the town of Phillaur in Punjab in 1919.
Phillauri has a great voice and is famous among his people for singing entertaining but meaningless songs.
Shashi motivates Phillauri to use her poems in his songs to give life advice to his people.
Phillauri and Shashi eventually fall in love but the twist in the story comes when Phillauri doesn’t turn up on the day of their marriage.
Shashi gets the shock of her life and kills herself.
In 2017, a young man Kanan (Suraj Sharma) meets Shashi who is now a friendly ghost.
Kanan’s marriage is fixed with his love Anu (Mehreen Pirzada) but he is confused about his future.
The way Shashi helps Kanan solve his confusion and in return Kanan helps Shashi find out what happened to Phillauri forms the remaining part of the story.
The chemistry of Diljit and Anushka is average, though both have given their best.
The film is a feel-good entertainer. It isn’t a movie for those looking for in-depth meaning of life. Just go for laughs, enjoy, relax and come back!