• Shubhra Gupta
    Shubhra Gupta
    Indian Express


    Anushka Sharma’s Phillauri begins well enough but soon falls prey to its languid pace. It only comes alive when Anushka and Diljit Dosanjh are together on screen in Dam Dam. Then it makes you sigh for what could have been if the whole film had the same energy.

  • The fundamental problem with Phillauri, I believe, may be one of miscasting. Raza Murad, the man with the greatest voice of all, is around but doesn’t get to speak much. Sharma, similarly, is perfectly suitable as a ghost when gliding around or trying to blow out a chandelier bulb, but, despite sparkly translucence, she has no aura. It is in flashback that she sparks brightest, when she listens to a record for the first time, or when she allows herself to grin at the idea of shamelessness. Life becomes her.

  • Sweta Kaushal
    Sweta Kaushal
    Hindustan Times


    It is a light-hearted, average love story. Watch it, if you must, for Anushka Sharma and Diljit Dosanjh.

  • Rohit Bhatnagar
    Rohit Bhatnagar
    Deccan Chronicle


    Phillauri is a perfect watch this weekend which makes you laugh and cry, also redefining romance on celluloid. The film has a great blend of emotions and believability at the right place, though the pace of the film is slightly slow in the first half which might bore the audience. 

  • Funny how after dodging dramatic vigour like a shortcoming, even at places where it would be viewed as benefit, Lal succumbs to a gimmick of a climax. The special effects are seamless but for a story that circles around a spirit it’s a pity how little one sees of it in the movie. 

  • The idea must have been to juxtapose the two love stories, but on screen, that sentiment hardly comes through. The two timelines and the characters seem worlds apart, and the tenuous thread that holds them together seems to snap much before the 137-minute narrative ends.

  • Nihit Bhave
    Nihit Bhave
    Times Of India


    It seems as though Phillauri could have gone in a lot of directions, but it took the road usually travelled.

  • Tushar Joshi
    Tushar Joshi
    DNA India


    Anushka Sharma’s spirited act is the only reason you might want to give this dull boring romantic drama a chance.

  • Phillauri is a fun watch thanks to its light-hearted story. Shashi’s friendly ghost will win your hearts.

  • Devarsi Ghosh
    Devarsi Ghosh
    India Today


    Phillauri’s concept is good and novel. But the delivery is what North Indians call KLPD. The climactic payoff at the end comes way too easily. It’s just lazy writing after a point. If only Shashi emerged in the writer’s room before filming began and smacked some imagination into Anvita Dutt’s head.

  • Rachit Gupta
    Rachit Gupta


    Phillauri is truly a fun film. For romance enthusiasts, this movies got everything. For the casual movie goer, it’s got the right amount of humour. But for the auteur of love, this film and it’s poetic old world charm can weave a spell of magic.

  • Vishal Verma
    Vishal Verma


    After NH10, the promos of PHILLAURI promised some fun but it sadly ends as a pun on itself in trying to do so many things in one film, a comedy that too supernatural one and an old fashioned romance that forces the friendly spirit to hang out from the screen wondering who is suppose to take charge of the proceedings.

  • Mohar Basu
    Mohar Basu


    A film like this is frustrating, to be frank. The narrative is refreshingly written, brimming with breezy humour. But it is ironic that the haunting spirit is lacking, both metaphorically and literally speaking.

  • In terms of writing, directorial execution and acting, yesterdayhas zest and today does not in this inconsistent albeit sweet spook story.

  • Manisha Lakhe
    Manisha Lakhe


    The film has flashes of brilliance, but the tedious sequences go on for so long you think you have aged when you emerge out into the sunshine.

  • Sreeju Sudhakaran
    Sreeju Sudhakaran
    Bollywood Life


    Phillauri has some spirited performance from its lead actors, unfortunately, the same spirit has not gone into the making of the movie. What’s started off as a promising film ends up as a boring and a tiresome hotchpotch by the end. Going by the nearly empty theatre hall where I watched the movie and the muted response the movie received at the end, I am sure #ShashiWasThere is actually scaring people away from the screens. Highly Avoidable!

  • IANS


    Phillauri is a well made film from debutant director Anshai Lal and is worth a watch.

  • Movies like Phillauri make me wonder about talented actors, producers with a said vision, music, special effects – some bits underdone, some overdone and some like story – not done at all. And how not all departments put together can compensate for the one that is way off the mark.

  • FullyHyd Team
    FullyHyd Team
    Fully Hyderabad


    Phillauri is an entertaining watch – though it would probably help if you’re along for Kanan’s “trip” of choice.

  • The computer graphics in this movie is notable, barring the climax which feels overdone. It’s the predictability of the story that lets this film done. You know what’s coming long before it plays out and that makes it tedious and soul-destroying.

  • Madhuri


    This romantic comedy has a heart of gold. Sadly it breaks a little too early leaving you with an underwhelming feeling by the end. The spirit is in the right place but it’s the humans who err.

  • Phillauri despite some genuinely good performances failed to stir any emotions or strike any chord.

  • The underwritten love stories never realize their full potential and Phillauri treads down the familiar half-baked Bollywood path. What, however, stays consistently arresting is the film’s music which is every bit worth cherishing. With some better writing and some tight editing, the makers could’ve whipped up a Chamatkar. This isn’t half as novel, earnest or memorable. If idle, take that trip to the nearby multiplex, but make it about the caramel popcorn more than the ghost bride. She doesn’t have the menace, charm or intention to haunt you.

  • A never-seen-before love story, ‘Phillauri’ offers the viewers a quintessential rom-com. So this weekend, grab your popcorns and re-live your love story with Shashi!