My Review : PHILLAURI

My Review : PHILLAURI

What does Phillauri mean ? or Who is a Phillauri ? this was a very common question asked after the trailer was launched. Well ! before I get down to my review, the term Phillauri means someone living in or belonging to Phillaur city ‣ Phillaur is name of a city in Jalandhar (Punjab).
Now, why did this film have such a title ? let’s discuss.

Post her debut production venture NH10, Anushka Sharma goes supernatural in “Phillauri,” a feel-good flick about a young Canada return Lad accidentally gets married to an unsatisfied ghost while getting rid of the Manglik curse. The Punjab-set Indian rom-com is a crowd-pleaser but doesn’t quite make the mark-(

Plot :
A Canada Return Kanan returns back to Punjab to get married to his child hood sweetheart and discovers that he is ‘Manglik” He accidentally meets a friendly spirit named ‘Sashi’ after he reluctantly marries a tree to ward off any threats to his love life. Phillaur is a village in Punjab, where this spirit used to live nearly a century ago.
Shashi is an obedient younger sister of a man who is a a strict disciplinarian. He keeps her under his strict rules and regulations and is totally unaware that she writes poetry.
Sashi gets attracted to the local ‘gawaiyaa’ who is willing to change his lafangapan for the love of a good woman.
Things for Sashi doesn’t go as planned and it leads her to commit suicide. Rest of the film – Kanan helps her to get peace and justice.

Technical :
Phillauri rests on a very average story line and screen play. The first 40 mins is fun and entertaining but the fun tends to wear off after dat. The intermission portion happens pretty soon and you have hardly got a proper hang of the story.
Post intermission is slow and becomes very predictable and uninteresting and long. There is no connection between the two stories and overall offers nothing fresh or novel.
I hated the climax…it seemed long, dragged and boring.
The audiences in search of a few easy laughs won’t be disappointed — though they might secretly wish for more interesting twists and layers in the story.
Debut Director Anshai Lal has done a good job in terms of Direction but I feel he should have chosen or written a better script.

Performances :

Suraj Sharma is good and convincing as the Canada returned Punjabi ‘Kanan’ he is funny, timid and seems very natural.

Debutant Mehreen Pirzada looks beautiful and does a great job as Anu.

Veteran actors Diljit Dosanjh and Anushka Sharma share a great chemistry and both of them are splendid.

The casting and performances are one of the highlights of the film.

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Music :
The music of the film is composed by Shashwat Sachdev with Jasleen Royal as a guest composer while the lyrics have been penned by Anvita Dutt Guptan, Aditya Sharma, Neeraj Rajawat and Shellee.

The songs are soulful and soothing especially ‘Dum Dum’ and ‘Sahiba’

Verdict :

Overall, Phillauri is an average film but you can go ahead and give it a try.. Have a great Saturday.

My Review : Trapped

My Review : Trapped

Which one of us, while sitting cozily on our comfortable beds and hasn’t shivered to imagine being locked inside an empty flat located absolutely at the top floor, where not even the birds are gonna hear you? What happens when you are stranded alone, forced to survive inside an empty flat? In real life, you grow skeletally thin, and become deeply traumatised by the solitude, unable to communicate properly for months afterwards and in dire need of therapy
As potentially panic-inducing as this vision may be, there’s also something alluring about it. It’s like standing on the edge of a cliff and imagining that fatal leap into the unknown.
This eerie kind of feel is the core of ”Trapped,’‘ Super talented Rajkumar rao in collaboration with the director Vikramaditya Motwane successfully brings those visions thrillingly and hauntingly to life.
With the perfect blend of tone and timing, ‘‘Trapped” visually locks us into to deserted flat with no electricity or water.
We remain stranded there just long enough to be given a realistic taste of what it’s like to have to fend for your self without any support or help.
it is as compelling a cinematic adventure as any Bollywood has produced. The center of the film is an unforgettably gripping, heart-in-your-throat evocation of the unbearable loneliness and terror of ultimate abandonment once its hero, stranded and presumed dead, gives up hope of being rescued but still clings tenaciously to life.

Plot :

Shaurya gets stuck in an empty high rise without food, water and electricity.The door, with the key on the wrong side, that slams on his face also ends all his hopes of a beautiful future with the girl he loves.

Technical :
The most devastating sequences, instead of flooding us with music, suspend the soundtrack it allows the sounds of nature to take over. All we hear from Raj Kumar Rao are the grunts and howls of a man exerting himself to stay alive inside a deserted flat. Ultimate isolation, the movie doesn’t have a jarring soundtrack except what the environment churns up along with the ringing in our ears, our heartbeats and the voices chattering in our minds.
There are intense moments that are hard to bear, such as the one where Shaurya desperately tries to drink his ‘Piss’ due to lack of water and to quench his thirst. Second scene, where he very conveniently roasts a pigeon and eats it. Meanwhile everything is building up to that ultimate decision of whether, and how, he will get out of the flat. These moments pins you down, shakes you up and leaves you glad to be alive.
Trapped is a remarkably resonant story of luck, fate, perseverance, of confronting adversity and death. You inevitably thinks of Robinson Crusoe, but the ending also brings us to think that a strong will can make anything possible.

Three cheers to Raj Kumar Rao, who’s superb acting abilities connects the viewer to the character almost instantly, and Mr. Motwane‘s speedy, jumpy style keeps us hooked on to the film till the end. The wonderful thing about ‘Trapped’, though, is that it doesn’t shy from this fact. It’s not a film about superheroism, necessarily, because this is about a man who uses the same skill sets to get himself out of the trap. It’s not a movie with a strong message; there is nothing and nobody else to blame — Shaurya literally falls victim to his own carelessness. It is a film about optimism, about how one man, arguably takes charge of his destiny and turned things right around.
‘Trapped’ should really work, because the story line is believable. This is one of those survival stories that can happen to any of us:

Overall : Trapped is surprisingly fun, effervescent against-the-odds drama that offers an upbeat moral without the usual punishing survival-story clichés. Not for the faint-hearted, mind.
  A Must Watch

My Review : Badrinath Ki Dulhania

My Review : Badrinath Ki Dulhania

Prelude :

Even though dowry has been illegal in India since 1961, it is still prevalent. Actual numbers are not known, but anecdotally about half of the weddings in India involve dowry.

Still, it’s rarely reported as a crime. According to the National Crime Records Bureau of India, in a country with nearly 10 million weddings a year, less than 10,000 cases of dowry were reported in 2015.
This curse of Dowry System must be eradicated forth with at any cost. Women from every walk of life, literate or illiterate, poor or rich, young or old must unite together and come forward to protect their own honour and interest.
Dharma Productions latest venture Badrinath Ki Dulhania talks about the widespread sexist mindset — In maximum indian household, A boy is an asset and a girl is a liability — against the perpetual business of marriage bringing together a culture of demand and supply.

Plot :

Badrinath Ki Dulhania is a rom-com about a useless Jhansi boy ‘Badri’ and career-minded Kota girl.’Vaidehi’ .
Badrinath, a bachelor thinks himself to be a over-qualified Bachelor as he belongs to a very influential family of Jhansi but his confidence goes out the drain when he meets one of the most ambitious young girl of ‘Kota’ Vaidehi.
In the Past, Vaidehi was conned by her fiancée, who took away her money and ran away. So when Badri proposes marriage as part of a lucrative package that’ll see her sister married and will also see her father saved of a huge dowry payment he can’t afford, she agrees, even though her mind is set on becoming an air hostess.
Spoilers : On the day of her marriage, Vadehi escapes to Mumbai leaving Badri at the alter. Badri’s ‘Hiitler father’ instructs Badri to either teach her a lesson or leave this place,this brings about a Badri’s revenge spree against Vaidehi.
Well ! Rest of the story – Badri has to go and get his Dulhania.

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Technical :

Though I did love the film, I had few reservations and problems with some portions and aspects.

I found Vaidehi’s character too be over ambitious and selfish..I mean, How could a person (Girl/Boy) put her family’s repuitation at risk and run away to pursue her dreams ?? I hated her post climax lolz

Badri getting molested : The male character in this film is almost raped, the incident is turned into a humourous scene. A male can also be a victim of sexual violence and it’s nothing funny about it.

The first half is fast paced, but towards the second half, the film swaps Jhansi for Singapore, the writing does suffer but the performances saves it.

The overall message and the content of the film really appealed to me as I seriously feel that women deserves to be equally treated and have the right to pursue their dream. I am dead against Dowry too.

Performances :

Varun Dhawan totally nails it as Badri and carries the film successfully on his shoulder. Varun is on his way to become a Mega Star for sure.

Alia Bhatt was simply amazing and convincing as Vaidehi. There can be no one who could have done this role as good as her.

Special thanks to the super talented Aparshakti Khurana Shweta Basu PrasadGuahar Khan once again make an impression in their respective roles.

Congrats Dhaval Barbhaya “Badhai Ho”

Verdict :
Overall, Badrinath Ki Dulhania is not what it appears to be. It is heart warming, Thought Provoking and contains a strong message with a touch of commercial elements. A Must Watch.