Anushka Sharma, a friendly ghost, has a perfect love story with Diljit Dosanjh, the one who steals every heart with his voice.
Phillauri is anushka’s second home production after NH 10. But everyone thought that why she chose to be a ghost in the movie that draws parallels between love stories set in two eras one of 2017 and the other of 1919. In fact its a kind of story that we have seen after a long time. Its about love and about the hope that it’ll we eternal.
Switching between the past and present – Phillaur and Ludhiana, 1919 and 2017 – Phillauri seeks to understand whether the passage of time has dimmed the curiosity and innocence of love. Due to events beyond her control, Shashi couldn’t marry the man she loved, died and, 98 years later, comes back as a ghost. On the other hand, the film’s hero in present time, Kanan (Suraj), a Ludhiana-born boy back from Canada after three years, about to get married to Anu (Mehreen Pirzada), his childhood love, is confused. “Isn’t this happening a little too soon?” he asks her. Phillauri hints that in the last few years the two have become different – grown at different rates, in different directions – and, as a result, drifted from each other. The boy was in Canada, the girl in Ludhiana. The boy is into rap, has become more cosmopolitan; the girl is still frozen in childhood memories and a town that doesn’t allow her to grow. The boy smokes weed to alleviate his stress, the girl, happy that he’s come back, doesn’t understand what “BT” – a bad trip – means. And yet, Kanan says he loves her. It’s just that it’s strange – the boy doesn’t quite know what he wants or doesn’t. The parallels between the old and new, the traditional and modern, are quite obvious in a film like Phillauri, but director Anshai Lal never shoehorns the contrasts or, as it were, the similarities. The two stories, complete with three acts, unfold as separate mini-movies, but the deft writing ensures that they flow in and out of each other seamlessly. The 1919 story though, backed by credible performers (Anushka and Dosanjh), is more enjoyable of the two and there are times when the present day story seems contrived. It’s definitely true for the film’s first 20 minutes where Kanan, having discovered a ghost, is trying too hard to appear spooked – and appear spooked in a specific way, one that is dramatic enough to be funny.
Phillauri finds a new way to narrate an old story, telling it with winning sincerity and simplicity. It’s a film about the power of the arts, about an artist and an everyman trying to find themselves, about the quiet contributions of Indian females, who push their men to do better. But it is, above all, a film about love, about its transformative powers, about the hope that it’ll be eternal.
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BY- HERRY CHHIBBER