Cast: Anushka Sharma, Diljit Dosanjh, Suraj Sharma, Mehreen Pirzada
Direction: Anshai Lal
‘Phillauri’ is a fun film with a unique concept, but it seems to stretch on for too long. Anshai Lal’s debut film would have worked wonders if it hadn’t proceeded at such a languid, indulgent pace.
We love Indian weddings – the canvas, the colour, the extended family with it’s many quirks – Lal’s story is about a young couple’s big fat Punjabi wedding. But the celebrations are marred by the arrival of a surprise guest – the ghost bride, Sashi, played by Anushka Sharma.
When the ‘foreign-return’, ill-fated, would-be groom, Kanan (Suraj Sharma), is asked to marry a tree before his actual marriage, he ends up marrying the resident-ghost of the tree, Sashi. Kanan is in a bind because he has no clue what to do with the friendly ghost with an impending wedding at hand.
Running parallel is the story of Sashi’s past – her romance with a gifted singer, Phillauri, played by Diljit Dosanjh. The contrast between the past and the present is captured very aesthetically and the frames look compelling. The chemistry between Anushka and Diljit is the high point of this story.
The first half makes for a breezy watch as we see the chaos unfold with a surprise wedding crasher. The second half however, tests your patience as the drama unravels at its own sweet pace, making it way too tedious.
‘Phillauri’ makes for a fun one-time watch, only if you have the patience for the director’s indulgence.
Our review of 'Phillauri'
Posted by Yahoo India on Friday, March 24, 2017