Fox Star Studios and Clean Slate Films present one of the most extraordinary and innovative romantic films to emerge from Indian cinema in recent times as the delightful Phillauri releases in cinemas on 24th March, co-produced and distributed by Fox Star Studios.
Already creating a buzz internationally, with the trailer generating over 10 million views in two days and unanimous adulation, Phillauri marks the directorial debut of Anshai Lal, having previously assisted on Box Office super-hits such as Chak De! India and Dostana, both of which garnered overwhelming critical plaudit and commercial success.
Phillauri is the second film to emerge from the production company, Clean Slate Films, which was established by one of Indian cinema’s most fearless and avant garde female artists, Anushka Sharma, who co-founded the production house with brother, Karnesh Sharma, with the single-minded intention of producing movies that the sibling duo “believe in and the audience loves, while backing exciting new talent.” As a producer, Anushka Sharma pioneers film content that pushes the boundaries of Indian cinema, with her first outing, NH10, unflinchingly depicting the issue of honour killings and emerging a sleeper hit that was championed by critics and cineastes globally. As a powerhouse talent onscreen, Anushka featured on Huffington Post’s list of the most influential women on Twitter.
Phillauri highlights the extraordinary concept of Manglik through the romantic comedy genre, tackling the subject matter with both sensitive humour and gentle pathos. In Indian astrology, a person born manglik is believed to be inauspicious for marriage, causing discord and tension in a relationship and leading to severe disharmony and tragedy, possibly death. This is believed to be caused by the fiery nature of the planet Mars in their ascendant chart. If two mangliks marry, the negative effects are believed to cancel each other out. However, there is also the belief that the negative consequences of a single-manglik marriage can be resolved if the manglik first performs a ceremony called a kumbh vivah, in which the manglik “marries” a tree. Phillauripresents this theme through a witty and intelligently crafted narrative, with the colourful and rustic charm of Phillaur, Punjab providing the magical mise en scene. Alongside Anushka Sharma, the film features a stellar ensemble in lead actors, BAFTA, Empire and Critics Choice Movie Award-nominated and MTV Movie Award-winning, international artist, Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi, Million Dollar Arm, Homeland); and Punjab’s most beloved export, Diljit Dosanjh – recording artist and superstar of regional, Punjabi cinema with a global fan base, who has gone on to champion the Indian film industry, recently bagging the coveted Filmfare Best Debut (Male) award for his superlative performance in the gritty, social realist drama, Udta Punjab.
Phillauri, with Anushka Sharma, Diljit Dosanjh and Suraj Sharma, is a fun, family entertainer that is being noticed for its extremely unique content where Anushka plays a friendly ghost from the past, whose love story with Diljit unfolds on the backdrop of a present day Punjabi wedding. Audiences have become curious about their romance as the trailer hints at Anushka and Diljit’s unfulfilled romance from a by-gone era without giving any more detail about why Anushka in the trailer says she has some unfulfilled business to complete in present day Punjab.