Phillauri movie review: Anushka Sharma makes you laugh and cry in this new love story

Phillauri movie review: Anushka Sharma makes you laugh and cry in this new love story



There is nothing extraordinary about Phillauri. It is a light-hearted, average love story. Watch it, if you must, for Anushka Sharma and Diljit Dosanjh.

Phillauri, the second production venture of Anushka Sharma, hits screens on Friday. With a “friendly ghost” aka Anushka in the film, it is a fresh take on love stories.

Anshai Lal’s directorial debut traces the incidents around the marriage of Kanan (Suraj Sharma) with his childhood love, Anu (Mehreen Pirzada). The twist is that Kanan marries a tree as he is a “manglik” and the ghost of Shashi (Anushka) is bound to him as she is the ghost on the tree. The film narrates two parallel love stories - that of Kanan and of Shashi.

While Anushka lightens up the screen each time she appears, the film shines only in parts.

Despite a fresh idea, Phillauri is a loosely-written film that fails to engross the audience. Most of the first half entertains in bits - only at times when Anushka makes you smile and cry, or when Phillauri (Diljit Dosanjh) and Shashi set the screens afire with their heart-warming chemistry.

Phillauri does not give away any interesting bit almost till the interval. It is only in the second half when the film focusses on Diljit-Anushka’s story that it becomes engaging enough. And the credit for this must be given where it is due - the enchanting presence of the two actors and the lovely chemistry between them.

The incidents of Kanan’s marriage and the flip-flop between the two love stories make the film rather disjointed. The story develops quite slowly. The current day story is overloaded with stereotypes about Punjabis - from over-the-top welcome to alcohol flowing freely all day and the loud Punjabi ways only mar the otherwise subtle tone of the narrative.

However, there is one aspect of the film that is extremely impressive, set in undivided Punjab in the pre-Independence era Anushka-Diljit’s love story is quite unusual. While Diljit plays a “bhaant, kanjar, piyakkad” singer, Anushka is the obedient sister of a doctor who believes that singing and dancing is not for “respected people”.

Anushka loves poetry and even writes for a weekly that is widely read in her pind - Phillaur. Everyone loves her poetry but Anushka does not unveil her identity because “acche ghar ki ladkiyan in cheezon mein nahi padti”.

Not only does Anushka find the courage to write and post her poems, she also becomes an intellectual equal and partner - more of the “sangini” for Diljit - as she writes and he sings. Forget the pre-Independence era, not many women in our villages can boast of such a subtle-yet-strong protest even in today’s time.

Except for that one point, there is nothing extraordinary about Phillauri. It is a light-hearted, average love story. Watch it, if you must, for Anushka Sharma and Diljit Dosanjh.

Past with Kareena Kapoor is world secret, quips Shahid Kapoor

Shahid Kapoor was at the India Today Woman Summit and Awards when an audience member was keen to know about his “secret past”.

Happily married to Mira, and loving his new real life role as a father, actor Shahid Kapoor chose to “get back” when asked about his “secret past” with Kareena Kapoor Khan on Friday.

Shahid was at the India Today Woman Summit and Awards when an audience member was keen to know about his “secret past”.

“I have a secret past,” Shahid asked, almost puzzled.

“How do you know about it? Were you spying on me? I can’t confess to my secret past,” he added.

On being prodded with Kareena’s name, he said, “How is that secret, madam? It’s a world secret.”

Later, when Shahid was asked to teach one of his dance steps to the audience, he invited the same lady who wanted him to talk about Kareena. “The lady who said, Kareena Kapoor, I want her on the stage. See, this is Karma, life gets back. What goes around comes around and it’s not just Justin Timberlake who said that... It’s true for life,” he quipped.

Shahid and Kareena had one of the most talked about relationships in tinsel town in recent years, and their split courted equal media attention.

Kareena went on to marry actor-producer Saif Ali Khan, and is now a mother to their first child -- a son named Taimur.

Shahid went for an arranged marriage with Delhi girl Mira, and they have daughter Misha.

In the midst of the discussion here, when the host said she won’t go into his past relationships, he said, “So kind of you. Shaadi ke baad yeh sab mat kiya karo (Don’t do all this after marriage).”

He spoke about love and arranged relationships.

Asked if love is a prerequisite for a marriage, Shahid said, “Of course, it is, but in an arranged marriage, it’s about companionship and friendship first, and love follows.”

Today's Big Release: Anushka Sharma's Phillauri

In Phillauri, Anushka Sharma stars as Shashi, a ghost, who accidentally gets married to an NRI

Anushka Sharma in Phillauri

Anushka Sharma's Phillauri and Swara Bhaskar's Anaarkali of Aarah hits the screens today, Friday, March 24. In Phillauri stars as Shashi, a ghost bride. In the first half, the actress is seen opposite Diljit Dosanjh, who plays her love interest. In the later half, Shashi, the ghost, begins to haunt Suraj Sharma, an NRI who gets married to a tree as he is a maanglik and Shashi is the ghost stuck in the tree. A special screening of the film was organised for Bollywood on Wednesday. Shah Rukh Khan, Rekha, Alia Bhatt, Sidharth Malhotra were the stars who attended the screening. Anushka received good reviews for her film from her colleagues. Phillauri is Anushka Sharma's second production venture. It is directed by debutant Anshai Lal.

Anushka promoted the film on a large scale. Here memes on social media were most-talked about in the past few weeks. Shashi, the ghost bride's last stop was Shah Rukh Khan's Mumbai residence Mannat.

Meanwhile, in Anaarkali of Aarah, Swara Bhaskar, stars as a feisty singer from Bihar, who gets into trouble with a powerful politician. She pays Anaarkali, an independent dancer-singer, who struggles to make a living. The film is directed by Avinash Das. Earlier in March, a police complaint was filed by the film's producers of regarding some leaked scenes of the film. They suspected a team member to be the culprit for the leak. "We suspect that a few critical scenes of the film have released in digital and social media platforms. These have been on media for at least three days. This act is criminal in intent and aimed at sabotaging the film and ensuring that the producer loses the investment of Rs 6 crore made on this film," news agency IANS quoted a copy of the police complaint.

Hollywood film Chip also releases today. It stars Dax Shepard, Kristen Ball.

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