wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do (?)
Some films mesmerize because they linger lyrically, beautifully. Others l-l-l-i-i-i-i-n-n-g-e-r in a way you wish it stops before you can say asap. Unfortunately, Phillauri is the latter.Read more
The first word that comes to mind when you see the trailer is “cute!” The concept, the characters, the visual effect. But, towards the end of those 3 minutes it comes across as a usual love story with some revenge-ish drama thrown in. Of course, there is a distinguishing factor in terms of a social message. Also, I am apprehensive about the whole ghost angle, because it is so easy to step into slapstick territory.
Even so, that Anushka Sharma is producing the film makes me look forward to the film. It is surely to have some substance. Even if I don't want every film to be a movie with a message, NH10, the other film she produced, gives a sense that the films she backs won't be flippant or superfluous.
Yep, looking forward to be entertained and moved.
Bollywood Hungama – "2.5/5"
Deccan Chronicle – "3/5"
Firstpost - "Phillauri offers a wide range of songs, out of which most come across as narrative tools"
Milliblog - "Shashwat is a talent to watch out for!"
Music Aloud – "3.5/5"
- meeta, a part of the audience
It is sad enough when you watch a feature length film and you don't see a story. Phillauri attempts two stories and neither has the strength of holding up by itself or to support the other. It is more upsetting than having watched two films without a story. Sure, the special effects are reasonably better than what we are used to in an average Hindi film that involves special effects. The story concept as brought out by the trailer is cute too. Alas, there is nothing more to go on.
...when the story doesn't move, social messages, satire, strong women, etc just don't seal the deal.
The cuteness or the humor seen in the trailer is pretty much all there is in the film. The few minutes before and after the said scene are just an unhealthy hyper-extention of the moment. This can be said pretty much about the entire film. I don't think I would be exaggerating if a scene where a couple hugs runs for about 5 minutes – Disney fairytale like score running in the background. This is true of the songs too. While the music is appropriately folklore-ish, the songs feel too long too.
When you are only waiting for this scene to be done with, so that the next can come and be done with, you can barely be taken over by performances. All the cast does what it has to do – Suraj Sharma stays confused, Mehreen Pirzada disappointed, Diljit Dosanjh smitten. Anushka Sharma's Sashi is the only character that can afford some variation in expression and she makes the most of it.
Along similar lines, when the story doesn't move, social messages, satire, strong women, etc just don't seal the deal. A story has to grip with its content or its presentation for any of this to matter. As you watch scene after scene overstay their welcome, you ultimately realise that nothing interesting is really going to happen. By the time, the big reveal(s) come about, you have guessed them and even as you guess, you aren't really enamored by any of it.
Movies like Phillauri make me wonder about talented actors, producers with a said vision, music, special effects – some bits underdone, some overdone and some like story – not done at all. And how not all departments put together can compensate for the one that is way off the mark.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Fatema Kagalwala, India Entertainment : ...The film is shot with a fablesque eye and evokes an almost mythical aura in its period as well as present production design suited to the fantasy world of the film. ... full review
So-So, by Vaishnavi Kulkarni , fullhyd.com : ...The movie starts out with a dream sequence that gives you second-hand embarrassment - and it is a testament to how truly awful Suraj Sharma's acting as Kanan is ... full review
So-So, by Kunal Guha, Mumbai Mirror : ...Debutant director Anshai Lal sticks to the tropes by weaving in the lighter scenes with chest-beating drama to ensure the proceedings don't turn too overwhelming... full review
So-So, by Nandini Ramnath, Scroll.in : ...Anshai Lal’s directorial debut plonks the idea of an inadvertent wedding between a human and a ghost (borrowed from the 2005 animated movie Corpse Bride) ... full review
Thumbs down, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...just when you are ready to reject the film as a big disappointment, it comes up with a well-conceived twist and successfully manages to bring you back... full review
Thumbs down, Bollywood Hungama : ...Full marks to the film’s cinematographer (Vishal Sinha) for turning the film into a visual delight. - See more at: http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/movie/phillauri/critic-review/#sthash.RqEpWqoo.dpuf... full review
Thumbs down, by Tushar Joshi , DNA : ...http://www.dnaindia.com/entertainment/report-phillauri-review-anushka-sharma-aka-shashi-manages-to-make-us-feel-for-her-despite-the-film-s-clich-d-premise-2366452... full review
Thumbs down, by Raja Sen, NDTV : ...Watching the film I wondered what it was trying to preach, since - like a bad street-play - it is too self-serious and portentous to not have a moral. ... full review
vishwasgautam: #Phillauri is not a film, it is an experience. Well Done Team @AnushkaSharma @diljitdosanjh
vineets05063009: Just when I thought I can not love @AnushkaSharma more,and she comes up with phillauri and proves me wrong. She is beyond brilliant.
Shashalsahu: phillauri is different movie, different story.. not a traditional love story, splendid performance by @AnushkaSharma @diljitdosanjh...
ShahidsPanda: #Phillauri is so beautiful and emotional and funny
mahwish1D: if you believe in true love then this movie if for you ❤ #phillauri @diljitdosanjh
jayantibhayana: #Phillauri - one amazing movie!! @AnushkaSharma @diljitdosanjh its a beautiful movie
immonotosh: #Phillauri is such a fresh film. Well done @AnushkaSharma @diljitdosanjh @ImSurajSharma
garimaneeraj: Just saw #Phillauri truly amazing movie that make u laugh and cry at the same time....one of the finest performance of @AnushkaSharma
Divvya_Tarot: #Phillauri is a pleasant experience with @diljitdosanjh almost choking us with emotions
bhagyashree3425: Hello diljit paaji and anushka ji #Phillauri ...kya movie hai... Kadak
balwan24x7: Saw #Phillauri Today, such a Beautiful Movie, like a Fairy-Tale!!! @AnushkaSharma you Rockxx Great Work by @diljitdosanjh and #SurajSharma
anshul_atreya: #Phillauri it's an awesome love story... Rula diya yr..@AnushkaSharma
ammu_lis: Saw #Phillauri it was such a nice family film. I really loved it. @AnushkaSharma u have done a great job...
smileyalee29: Phillauri has been watched. Tbh, its boring Suraj sharma's parts were good, Shashi's flashback is just plain boring OVERRATED
MilanKumar1000: Sorry @diljitdosanjh i didnt like ur #Phillauri.I think since ur followers love u unconditionally they are giving high rating. Ntpaisavasool
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