Phillauri | Film Review

Released on 24th March, 2017

Directed by Anshai Lal
Produced by Anushka Sharma
Karnesh Sharma
Fox Star Studios
Written by Anvita Dutt
Screenplay by Anvita Dutt
Starring Anushka Sharma
Diljit Dosanjh
Suraj Sharma
Mehreen Pirzada

There used to be a time, when the female poetesses and writers used to hide their real identities in order to get published and read (in fact, widely read).  Remember, Mary Ann Evans, who was known by her pen name, George Eliot? So is ‘Phillauri’, an unknown poet known by the name of her village, Phillaur, in Punjab. However, there live two Phillauries in the same village, and the other one is a known face, a man who is popular for his singing and is acclaimed to be the poet whom Punjab adores, until the truth prevails. Later, the duo remarkably come together to make a mark with their passion.

Hailing from the backdrop of early 20th century, moving in pace with the current time, i.e. the year 2017, the story profoundly balances between two time zones in most composed way.

The most promising techniques used in the film are the outstanding use of ‘Magic Realism’ along with the structured use of ‘Historiographic Metafiction’.  The dates, years and time zones play the most essential role in the film. However, the complete team of Phillauri deserves all accolades for their tremendous effort in making a film complete, with their unhindered skills.

Anushka Sharma, Diljit Dosanjh, Suraj Sharma and Mehreen Pirzada justify their characters, and that too with a gusto.

The story-line and cinematography make this film outstanding. The support of great background score and effective production do make it a complete watchable package.

Varsha Singh, Managing Editor, Reviews

Varsha is a Doctorate degree holder in English Literature, an Independent Researcher, Poet, Translator, Editor, Reviewer and Blogger from Jharkhand. She writes in English and Hindi.

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