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Movie Review: Phillauri (2017)

★★★☆☆
Box Office: Avg.

Phillauri_Film_PosterCanada return Kannan (Suraj Sharma) is getting hitched to his high school sweetheart Anu (Mehreen Pirzada) in Amritsar. Returning 3 years after his stint abroad, Kannan has picked up a few western habits which mainly includes a regular intake of weed.

Smothered by the attention and overall pressure of an Indian wedding, Kannan is disinterested and Anu is upset with his casual demeanor.

After being declared a ‘manglik’, he is asked to marry a tree to solve his future problems post-marriage. Resisting at first, Kannan gives into pressure and married a tree, only to find later that he’s now married to the ghost of Shashi (Anushka Sharma), whose soul lived on the tree.

While Kannan finds it hard to explain his bout with the ghost, it is Shashi’s back story that later interests him and even becomes a learning for his own life.

What is Shashi’s story? An unfulfilled love story? What’s her connection to Phillauri is what lies in the past.

Reviews:

Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
4.0 “An incredible, dreamy tale comes to life”
deccanchronicle
4.0 “Fun-filled love ballad”
filmfare
3.0 “Anushka Sharma Gets Into The Spirit Of This Unconventional Entertainer”
NDTV Movies: Saibal Chatterjee
3.0 “Phillauri could have gone in a lot of directions, but it took the road usually travelled.”
Times Of India
3.0 “Anushka Sharma Is Delightful As The Bride In Spirit; Get Set To Entertained”
koimoi
3.0 “The story is magical with a beautiful yet dramatic twist in the end. Move over human love stories as here comes a ghost story about timeless love!”
Zee News India
Average Reviews
2.5 “The spirit is in the right place but it’s the humans who err.”
filmibeat
2.5 “Phillauri is a film which is much about pure love, and you’d want to watch it only for the effortless chemistry of the lead pair.”
news18
2.5 “Anushka Sharma makes you laugh and cry in this new love story”
hindustantimes
2.5 “Shot In The Dark”
filmcompanion
Negative Reviews
2.0 “Anushka shines in soul but not spirit!”
Rediff
2.0 “The film has flashes of brilliance, but the tedious sequences go on for so long you think you have aged when you emerge out into the sunshine.”
Nowrunning
2.0 “Anushka Sharma’s spirited act is the only reason you might want to give this dull boring romantic drama a chance.”
DNA India
2.0 “Anushka Sharma, Diljit Dosanjh romance makes you sigh. With pleasure”
indianexpress
1.5 “PHILLAURI fails to connect emotionally due to its weak and slow paced narrative.”
Bollywood Hungama
1.5 “Anushka Sharma Is Wasted In Comedy With No Laughs”
NDTV Movies: Raja Sen
1.5 “Sluggish SnoozeFest”
movietalkies
1.5 “A good one-line idea. A terrible two-hour long drag”
indiatoday

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