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Phillauri review: Producer Anushka Sharma fails to outclass 'NH10' – her debut film as producer
After blockbuster 'NH10' – Anushka's debut film as producer, all eyes were glued on her second home production 'Phillauri' since the time the film had been announced.

Anushka Sharma, who has already carved a niche for herself in Bollywood as an actress, as a producer has perhaps tried to push her luck too far this time with a not seemingly profit-worthy project.

This time Anushka rested her faith on debutante director Anshai Lal and cast Diljit Dosanjh, Suraj Sharma and Mehreen Kaur in pivotal roles in `Phillauri' – a supernatural comedy.

Although the film starts with a good feel but fails to maintain the pace till the end. Another thing working against Phillauri is its more than 2 hours of runtime, which is a long drag and not suitable for stories of this genre.

Actually 'Phillauri' lacks a concrete plot on which the film could have sailed smoothly. The story of the film spans between 1919 and 2017. Debutante director Anshai succeeds in capturing both time spans in a very beautiful way with two parallel stories running side by side.

Diljit, who plays 'Phillauri', is a desi folk singer while Anushka portrays 'Sashi' – a ghost who resides in a tree at Phillaur in Punjab. Actress Mehreen Kaur makes her Bollywood debut with the film.

Anushka Sharma is good in her role but fails to match the high standards she has set with her previous stellar Bollywood performances. Diljit is also good but his character doesn't have much scope.

Editor RS Bhagat, who has earlier edited films like 'Dhoom', 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan', and 'Sultan', has done a commendable job while Vishal Sinha's cinematography could have been much better.

Anvita Dutt fails to pen a compact screenplay which can enrapture viewers for around 140 minutes. And that's where the film loses momentum.

Fresher composer Shashwat Sachdev along with "Love You Zindagi" fame Jasleen Royal create magic through tunes which is a highlight of the movie.

With mixed level of performances, this Anushka Sharma production partly succeeds in creating a fairy-tale romance on celluloid. For Anushka and Diljit and obviously for a couple of soul stirring melodies, 'Phillauri' is definitely a one-time watch.

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