The film is set in the Phillaur district in Punjab, where a young man unwilling marries a tree to ward off any threats to his love life, by doing so he unknowingly unleashes the spirit of Shashi/Phillauri(a friendly ghost). Things becomes more complicated, once the ghost starts to follow him. Anushka's acting style is the highlight of the movie.
Anushka Sharma is good, but not as good as she can be, and that too only in bits and pieces. A lovely song ‘dam dam dam hai dua sau pankh lagaa tere naam ke’ which features her and Dosanjh. As a romantic interlude between two adults, it is the beating heart of ‘Phillauri’. With his body language and voice modulation, Suraj Sharma nails the confused-aimless millennial and lightens the mood. Mehreen Pirzada’s helpless and hopelessly in love Anu is endearing.
The music for Phillauri is composed by Shashwat Sachdev and Jasleen Royal, while the lyrics were written by Anvita Dutt, Aditya Sharma, Shellee & Neeraj Rajawat. Overall, the movie has 8 songs with 33:54 min total length. The movie is produced by produced by Anushka Sharma and Karnesh Sharma under the banner of Fox Star Studios and Clean Slate Films. The cinematography work is performed not so good and the editing part is not satisfactory.
It seems as though Phillauri could have gone in a lot of directions, but it took the road usually travelled. The hilarious, exciting one-line plot develops into a two and a half hour film that is full of romantic-movie tropes. Phillauri should have been a winner from it's trailer. The idea is superbly original, culturally on point and has great potential. The problem is, you only get what you see in the trailer. Anushka's performance is the only good thing in the movie.