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Phillauri: An ethereal romance that plays out in flashbacks

It's the story within that engages the audience as the movie tries to do too many things

Ranjita Ganesan 

A love story set in early 1900s Punjab is contained within Phillauri in the form of sepia-toned flashbacks but really it deserves a film of its own. Here, it is couched between a psychedelic opening sequence, a modern coming-of-age tale, and a ghost comedy. The result feels a bit like seeing a grown-up in a bouncy castle — discordant but still kind of fun. Directed by debutant Anshai Lal and written by Anvita Dutt, Phillauri has been marketed as a film about a friendly ghost, Shashi (Anushka Sharma). She can be seen only by Kanan (Suraj Sharma), who happened to marry a tree ...

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First Published: Sat, March 25 2017. 10:45 IST
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