Anushka Sharma's debut production venture, the hard hitting, social thriller, NH 10, comprised of a strictly functional audio, but one does remember the spine chilling 'Chhil Gaye Naina'. So we do expect more from her next production, PHILLAURI, as it's a rom-com with a light horror element thrown in, and the presence of singer-actor, Diljit Dosanjh makes prospects of a good musical ever brighter. Young and highly accomplished music composer, Shashwat Sachdev gets a good opportunity to show his mettle in his first big film, after the praiseworthy, SAAVI-A BONDED BRIDE.
PHILLAURI MOVIE STILLS
The playlist starts with 'Dum Dum', a 'divine' soulful - sufi love ditty that transcends time with a heartfelt cry to the almighty for the beloved. The sound of 'iktara', harmonium and 'daf' present a number heard on the dargahs and shrines and temples. Romy shines with a superlative rendition and Vivek Hariharan's backing vocals provides the truely desi charm needed. Lyrics by Anvita are superb.
Diljit's soft, mellow vocals are just perfect as he reprises 'Dum Dum' and it's an almost unplugged version with minimalistic arrangements.
There is the 'Dum Dum' Punjabi version with lyrics by Shelle which is more philosophical in nature rendered by Romy and Vivek Hariharan. All the versions are good.
Jasleen Royal's 'What's Up' is a nice rhythmic Punjabi folk based celebration number, sung with zest and in the usual lovable Mika style with good support by Jasleen. The Bhangra dance based number with usual addendums like 'dhol-taashe'; trumpets make this an entertaining outing.
The famous Punjabi folk ('Ki Main Jhoot Boliyan') makes base for a superb 'chhed-chhad', propositioning number, 'Naughty Billo', and the composer uses it very well to suit the situation. Diljit Dosanjh lends class, and Naksh Aziz and Shilpi Paul emotively render the number. Anushka Sharma (after Aamir Khan DANGAL) shows off her vocal talents with a lovely rendition of a rap tailor made for her.
'Sahiba' has almost the same sets musical arrangements as 'Dum Dum' but it does have its own charm, a nice retro style smooth flowing tune and lyrics that leave a mark. Romy is superb with a controlled rendition and Pawny Pandey chips in with a brief melancholic one.
'Bajaake Tumba' is another Punjabi based celebration number complete with 'Dim Luk Luk', 'Aho' etc, sung in an almost conversational manner by Romy and it can be classified as the title song as well. The song is entertaining and sound good to the ears.
The Punjabi composition that has become a must in almost all North Indian weddings as the bride is ushered in the pandal for the wedding ceremonies is 'Din Shangna Da' and one has heard different versions of the iconic wedding song. Jasleen Royal's version too is good and will certainly be put to good use in the film.
Summing up, the audio of PHILLAURI carries the earthy, rural flavour of Punjab, keeping in mind the demographic constrains and so there is naturally quite an overdose of Punjabi lyrics (and music) which may make its appeal limited. But Sashwat does shine and helping him in his endeavour are the lyrics and singer Romy. Our picks- 'Dum Dum', 'Naughty Billo' and 'Sahiba'. The songs are situational and act as narrative to the plot and will surely aid proceedings and entertain as well when the film releases all over on March 24.
Music Review Rating Chart :-
Excellent - 4.5 & above
Very Good - 4
Good - 3.5
Average/Passable - 3
Pathetic - 2.5 & below