Lacking the Dillairi (guts, boldness) seen in Anushka Sharma's debut production NH10, PHILLAURI takes a very looooooooooong route to please the family audience in India and Punjabi dominated foreign countries like Canada in this harmless never ending sit com.PHILLAURI MOVIE STILLS
Anvita Dutt writes a routine story with some 'spirit' to add fun but after the introduction of the gorgeous Anushka Sharma as Sashi, things hardly take any noticeable hilarious turn. A Canadian NRI beat boxer Kanan (Suraj Sharma) is about to marry his childhood sweetheart Anu (Mehreen Pirzada) though Kanan is not ready he obeys the order by his family. During the preparations it is learnt that Kanan is a manglik
, so as per 'rasam'
(tradition, ritual) to be a danger free 'khasam'
(husband) of Anu, Kanan has to marry a tree (the family tries to convince him by saying even Aishwarya did it), anyways the beat boxer agrees and after his marriage to the tree, the tree is cut down.
Trouble starts when the spirit of Sashi which had made that tree her home gets stuck with Kanan and how Kanan bonds with the spirit and understands the true meaning of love forms rest of the story.
On the other hand we have the story of what brings Sashi to that tree that involves the Punjabi superstar Diljit Dosanjh as Roop Lal makes it as a cracking two in one offer that sadly fails to crack, making the audience wonder whether they are watching two films on the same screen.
A haunting deja vu of Tim Burton's Corpse Bride and Robert Pattinson's REMEMBER ME cannot be ruled out and PHILLAURI has some light moments but not enough. As said earlier the Anushka-Diljit story looks like a different film altogether and the movie is boringly lengthy.
The performances are of good standards but not that brilliant considering the talents like Anushka, Diljit and Suraj are concern. Mehreen makes a decent debut.
PHILLAURI is an example of a good 'spirited' idea lost in its cinematic translation that has all the gloss and glitter (read production values, feel, look) in abundance but lacks the required glow.
The VFX is fine and the Song 'Sahiba'
by Romi and Pawni Pandey is hummable.
After NH10, the promos of PHILLAURI promised some fun but it sadly ends as a pun on itself in trying to do so many things in one film, a comedy that too supernatural one and an old fashioned romance that forces the friendly spirit to hang out from the screen wondering who is suppose to take charge of the proceedings.