PHULLU Movie Review: High on intent but a bit low on content

Director : Abhishek Saxena
Music : Vickky Agarwal and Troy Arif
Starring : Sharib Ali Hashmi, Jyotii Sethi and Nutan Surya

June 15, 2017 7:19:23 PM IST
Phullu Review By Pooja Sharma, Glamsham Editorial
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When viewers can watch sanitary napkins' advertisement with their entire family (which obviously comprise of young and adults) then I really wonder what was 'inappropriate' in the film PHULLU which should not be viewed by youngsters under 18 years of age?

How I wish the members of CBFC enlighten us in this regard with some valid reasoning behind their decision to grant 'A' certificate to this film.


Honestly, I did not identify anything in the film that should have qualified it for an 'A' certification. In fact it should be specially viewed by teenagers or adolescents so that the myth surrounding mensuration cycles is removed.

PHULLU, a comic satire, is a story of a man-Phullu played by Sharib Hashmi. Phullu doesn't have a proper job unlike his peers. But he is a sensitive person who thinks of his village as a 'swarg' (heaven) and helps the ladies of his entire vicinity by bringing their 'samaan' (pads) from far away town. But unfortunately his selfless deed earns him a tag of 'Mauga' which means being effeminate or a man who loves being in the company of women.

The entire village laughs at Phullu for being 'nikamma' (jobless)but he is unfazed by their taunts as he thinks that since most of the men from the village have gone to towns to earn their livelihood, there should be at least one person in the village to take care of all the women (pun not intended)

Now Phullu himself doesn't know what is the 'saaman' that he is bringing for the ladies at their request. He comes to know about this 'janaani rog' (mensuration) only once he gets married.

Women dying of infection in his village is common and people have accepted it as if it's a natural death. When Phullu's own wife suffers from this infection he sets on a quest to find out how to make cheap sanitary napkins available for the ladies of his village. Again Phullu is mocked by his own family members for not doing a manly job and instead wasting his time behind this 'trivial' (death due to infection) issue of women. Whether or not Phullu succeeds in his earnest pursuit forms the crux of the film.

PHULLU should be watched for its pure intention. Made on a shoe string budget and shot in a fortnight or so it's a true-blue indie film so don't expect it to be spectacular.

PHULLU is a comic satire and director Abhishek should get full marks in setting the tone of the film right as he very subtly highlights all the myths and taboos revolving around periods through various comic turn of events.

The film dips at the end because by that time the treatment of this serious topic becomes a mockery. It leaves you wondering what the hell you just watched.

Sharib is really good but his mother played by Nutan Surya deserves a special mention. She is literally a gem in this film. Her acting is so natural and effortless that it is difficult to ignore her when she is on-screen. Jyotii Sethi as Sharib's wife is strictly passable.

Inaamulhaq's special appearance is outstanding. In a minute long scene the terrific actor literally steals the thunder. Inaamulhaq very aptly highlights the hypocrisy of Indian society and also refuses to acknowledge periods as 'janaani rog' (its literal translation is women's disease) because according to him how can anyone call periods as 'rog' when it is an absolute natural thing! (The writer should take a bow here)

Writer Shaheen Iqbal has done a good job but how we wished he had ended his fictional story in a more matured way. A film should be judged on the basis of two things i.e. Content and Intent and PHULLU is definitely high on intent but falters in presenting its content.
 Phullu Review Rating : 
2.5/5 stars
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