Phillauri Movie Review

Phillauri Movie Review

GONOGO Meter: 52%

AVERAGE CRITICS RATING: 2.6/5

Reviewer: Rajeev Masand

Rating: 3/5 Stars

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All four leads put in strong performances, but Suraj Sharma’s flair for physical comedy is a refreshing revelation, and Diljit Dosanjh is impressive, particularly in the intense bits. Anushka Sharma, who’s also produced the film, brings a nice old-world charm to Shashi. She shines both in the dramatic portions and the comedic ones.

Phillauri isn’t a consistently smooth ride. It’s uneven and bumpy and unforgivably slow in portions. But a lot of it works and some of it flies. In a landscape where original ideas are hard to come by, I’m willing to settle for that.

I’m going with three out of five.

Reviewer: Anupama Chopra

Rating: 3/5 Stars

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It is here that leads Anushka Sharma and Diljit Dosanjh come into their own. Their love story, built around poetry, has an old-world charm. The present day relationship, enacted nicely by Suraj Sharma and Mehreen Pirzada, also has emotional depth. Diljit has the least to do but all four actors deliver strong performances, which helps to camouflage the slow and undercooked portions of the film – like the climax, in which historical facts are tacked on as a narrative convenience rather than something that the script organically leads to.

In the last act, Anshai strains too hard to position Shashi and Roop Lal as iconic lovers. The special effects, which are done well, go into overdrive as does the background music by Sameer Uddin.

But I’m a sucker for romance. If you’re like me, you will be able to overlook the bumps and enjoy Phillauri. The film feels, at once, fresh and old fashioned. I’m going with three stars.

Reviewer: The Times Of India

Rating: 3/5 Stars

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With his body language and voice modulation, Suraj Sharma nails the confused-aimless millennial and lightens the mood. Mehreen Pirzada’s helpless and hopelessly-in-love Anu is endearing. Diljit Dosanjh brings his trademark goodness to a rather bland role. And as the translucent ghost (kudos to the VFX team), Anushka delivers a solid performance with a weird mix of sadness and humour.
It seems as though Phillauri could have gone in a lot of directions, but it took the road usually travelled.Reviewer: 
Indian Express

Reviewer: Indian Express

Rating: 2/5 Stars

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Anushka Sharma is good, but not as good as she can be, and that too only in bits and pieces. A lovely song — ‘dam dam dam hai dua sau pankh lagaa tere naam ke’– which features her and Dosanjh, made me sigh. With pleasure. As a romantic interlude between two adults, it is the beating heart of ‘Phillauri’.

If only the whole film pulsed with the same skill and energy.

Reviewer: Hindustan Times

Rating: 2.5/5 Stars

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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.

Reviewer: Yahoo.com

Rating: 2.5/5 Stars

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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.

Reviewer: Rediff Movies

Rating: 3/5 Stars

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Despite having many opportunities, Phillauri isn’t able to make full use of them.

It’s not from the lack of trying though.

Producer and leading lady Anushka Sharma looks ethereal and conveys the enlightenment of a woman before her time. What is amiss in her performance is whimsy. Perhaps, well behaved is not such a nice trait for a ghost after all.

Dijit Dosanjh employs his earthy charm to Phillauri’s many songs and scene whereas Suraj Sharma’s terrified commitment-phobe is like witnessing Chuckie Finister in live-action. He does it convincingly too but it’s exasperating when Phillauri doesn’t allow him to be anything else.

Newcomer Mehreen Peerzada exudes an impressive confidence and vulnerability, which is even more laudable given cinematographer’s Vishal Sinha’s penchant for close-ups.

Funny how after dodging dramatic vigour like a shortcoming, even at places where it would be viewed as benefit, Lal succumbs to a gimmick of a climax. The special effects are seamless but for a story that circles around a spirit it’s a pity how little one sees of it in the movie.

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