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Phillauri (2017)

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A man must marry a tree to ward off threats to his love-life, but the tree turns out to have more spirit than the man bargained for.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Shashi
... Roop Lal Phillauri
... Kanan
... Anu
Manav Vij ... Kishanchand
Salima Raza ... Biji
... Gurubaksh Singh
Abhishek Banerjee ... Soma (as Abhishek Bannerjee)
... Amrit
Sunil Mehra ... Anu's father
Suparna Marwah ... Anu's mother
Hobby Dhaliwal ... Kanan's father
Shabnam Vadhera ... Kanan's mother (as Shabnam Wadhera)
Hassan Saad ... Nikhil
Shivam Pradhan ... Piyush
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A young Mangalik boy is supposed to marry a tree if he wants to marry a girl of his choice while the tree which he gets married has Shashi a ghost residing on it waiting for her lover.Shashi starts to follow him everywhere after he marries the tree. Written by alex.mjacko@gmail.com

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24 March 2017 (USA)  »

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Филлаури  »

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$260,982, 24 March 2017, Limited Release

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$459,391, 7 April 2017
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One of the main roles, Kannan is played by Suraj Sharma, who gained popularity few years ago, playing the role of Piscine in the movie, "The Life Of Pi". See more »

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Gurubaksh Singh (Raza Murad) wears a wristwatch in the year 1919. Although wristwatches were available at the time (having been issued to soldiers in WWI), pocket watches were still more common. See more »

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Anushka and Diljit's chemistry is the main highlight of the film with elements that still makes it a one-time-watch.
24 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

These ghost/friendly spirit films make me cringe a lot especially when I saw Urvashi Rautela in Great Grand Masti. This film is basically a loose adaptation of Tim Burton's The Corpse. When I saw the trailer of this film, I didn't expect much from it.

So the movie revolves around a NRI westernized slacker named Kanan who has plans of marrying his love life Anu. Based on his Horoscope, he is forced to marry a tree to avoid giving any bad luck to his fiancée. While sleeping, a friendly spirit named Shashi comes to haunt Kanan and after a few mishaps, she manages to tell Kanan that instead of marrying the tree, he married the spirit who lived inside that tree. Knowing the truth behind the ghost's past and fixing it is basically what this film is about.

Honestly, this film is highly average at best. The story and screenplay is decent which makes the gripping factors of romance very consistent but this is only during the 1st half of the film. Post the interval makes it too far-fest and uneasiness starts to creep in especially during the climax.

It did become a bore to such extent when it came to the music which didn't do any justice to the film.

The performances were strong which made it a paisa vasool.

Anushka Sharma as usual has given a brilliant performance but the comedic factors in her role was a bit cold at times.

Diljit Dosanjh in Udta Punjab was commendable and so for this film when he played a poet from Phillaur.

Life of Pi was a benchmark with Suraj Sharma's performance. His debut in Bollywood was decent and charming. He is good which did make me laugh alright during some times in the movie.

Mehreen Pirzada was also decent and she started off well in this film but could've been better.

In contrast, there are issues in the film which compromised the depth of the film.

The music is average and no song really stands out as such especially when getting new composers for such movies.

Although Sahiba is a light hearted and kindling soundtrack but still the music is the culprit behind the snooze-fest elements in the movie.

The movie does stretch another 15-20 minutes making the climax very crass with alleviated grips.

Overall, the movie could've been better in terms of avoiding a predictable plot, music, and direction making it a bit rather underwhelming but the earnest performances kept the movie alive.

2.5/5- just save your money this weekend unless if you're craving to see Anushka Sharma's commendable acting chops.


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