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Phillauri Review: A Ghostly Tale of Long Lost Love in Punjab

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Written by Archit Chawla

Not all ghosts are scary and not all love stories end with death! On the other hand, marriage has always been a delicious sweet; if you want to eat, it’s sweet or otherwise it’s going to taste bitter for your whole life. Phillauri is a movie which is light-hearted, entertaining (yes, at some points it is), and contains two love stories simultaneously spread over a span of 98 years, in Punjab. The movie is Anushka Sharma’s second venture after NH10 and stars Diljit Dosanjh, Suraj Sharma (Life Of Pi fame) and Mehreen Pirzada in the lead roles. The movie is directed by a newcomer Anshai Lal, who has tried his best to keep the magic of two love stories running simultaneously and is almost successful in keeping the audiences in their seats during the span of a good 2 hours.

The movie starts with Kanan (played by Suraj Sharma), a beatboxer/rapper in Canada struggling with life, coming back to India in order to identify himself. From the start itself, Suraj has been funny with his silly expressions and Mehreen playing the character of Anu, his childhood love resembles the character of Shweta from Vicky Donorplayed by Puja Gupta. The present, however, is all about a typical Punjabi family wedding, a beautiful and loving bride, and a very confused groom and morning alcohol scenes. Both of them are stuck with their ghosts of marriage along with the real ghost of Shashi (played by Anushka Sharma ) who is stuck with Kanan as he was married to a tree where she hanged herself to death 98 years ago.

Shashi’s love story is shown in sepia and perfectly reflects the pre-independence period. She lives in Phillaur with her brother, where she meets Diljit Dosanjh’s character, Roop Lal Phillaur. Shashi writes beautiful poetry and Roop Lal a.k.a Phillaur makes music and sings. She inspires him to leave the meaningless random songs and move to meaningful poetry. Due to different adversities and obstacles, they couldn’t marry, and face death instead of each other’s companionship. But the love is not over and as they say, and Shashi’s spirit remained attached to the tree and is searching for Roop, who was killed during the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre.

The film oscillates between the past and the present and the graphics are well, mind-blowing. The last scene itself is so beautiful when both their spirits rekindle, join each other and merge into the sky, all sparkling and tantalizing with the effects. One also gets to see the vibrant beauty that Punjab is! The songs are, of course, great with the difference of time, the one thing that will put a smile on your face is the love and acceptance of the families both in past and future. The concept is definitely unique and that largely makes a reason for you to watch it. We are sure this latest Bollywood movie will give you goosebumps with the Punjabi feel to it, make you go on a laughing spree and make you feel in love with the songs, Dum Dum and Sahiba. Watch it for the performances, concept and soulful music.

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Archit Chawla

Coming from the land of temples and Gods, he is no 'saint'. Archit Chawla is a highly motivated, controlling and a narcissistic nut with an inclination towards sports. He loves to spend his time playing tennis, binge-watching DC and Marvel stuff and karaokeing in the places he shouldn't. He is a big time 'Don Draper' fan and you wouldn't want to argue with him when it comes to 'Game Of Thrones'. With a friendly personality and the famous curls, he is unarguably our first 'Go To' person.

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