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 Movie Review: Phillauri

 Friday, March 24, 2017   Bookmark and Share

Movie Review: Phillauri

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

In my encounters of ghosts on screen, Ive known quite a variety -- fierce, horrific, gloomy, even goofy -- but Phillauris well-behaved apparition is a first.

She glows incandescently in the dark and floats through space in shimmering, translucent attire, like a wish-fulfilling fairy stumbling out of the pages of an exquisitely illustrated childrens storybook. She speaks softly while her eyes glisten in wonderment.

Where most other spirits would wreak havoc on learning some random NRI chap tied a knot to the tree she inhabits and promptly chopped it off as well, Shashi, serene, shiny Shashi (Anushka Sharma), is amused over how such a juvenile deed, fuelled by his familys superstitious beliefs and baseless Aishwarya (Rai Bachchan) also did it logic can ward off an astrological complication.

Before Kanan (Suraj Sharma), the waffling, weed-puffing nitwit whos flown down to Amritsar from Canada to wed his high school sweetheart (Mehreen Peerzada), winces at Shashis lustrous albeit harmless presence, Anshai Lals directorial debut Phillauri sets itself up as a typical big fat Punjabi wedding romp around understated idiosyncrasies.

Grumpy moms, nonchalant dads, rum-guzzling grandmothers, squeamish house help and a bride whos understandably concerned about her to-be significant others perennial sulking -- Lal tosses in a fair bit of quirk.

There is an indie-like normalcy wearing their interactions and zingers till a sense of monotony sets in.

Lals insistence to maintain room temperature humour and downplay a frothy premise robs Phillauri of fizz in its comedy.

Rameshwar L Bhagats lackluster editing only contributes to its growing inertia.

As does the absence of mischief across Shashis spooky act, which is preoccupied in wistful flashbacks of her poetic romance with a fellow Phillaur native (Diljit Dosanjh) in British Raj India. Lal examines the contrasts between the dynamics of relationships, then and now, through the differences of ones privilege and anothers struggle but fails to offer emotional fulfilment of either.

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

Its 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 Phillauris many songs and scene whereas Suraj Sharmas terrified commitment-phobe is like witnessing Chuckie Finister in live-action. He does it convincingly too but its exasperating when Phillauri doesnt allow him to be anything else.

Newcomer Mehreen Peerzada exudes an impressive confidence and vulnerability, which is even more laudable given cinematographers Vishal Sinhas 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 its a pity how little one sees of it in the movie.

Rating: **

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