At the 20th Century Fox building in Soho, London, Anushka Sharma and Suraj Sharma, two lead stars of the film took part in a video conference in which they talked about their experience of working together along with Diljit Dosanjh. Phillauri is a story about a young man who for the sake of warding off an evil superstitious belief, has to marry a tree before marrying the girl that he loves Little does he know, that the tree that he gets married to has a ghost of a dead woman who ends up haunting him. Anushka Sharma and Suraj Sharma Talk PHILLAURI.
Anushka Sharma: I’ve never seen a risk in these things because if you are coming up with a good content then the fear is not there. I could have worked as an actress, but the whole concept was actually brought forward by me and my team therefore producing it was a much better option.
Anushka Sharma: The idea basically was to place the right actor for each role. Diljit Dosanjh is a Punjabi Sikh and his name came up when we needed to place an actor for the role of a Punjabi singer, therefore we chose him. Surprisingly, he sat well with the role and played it with a lot of honesty. We had seen Suraj Sharma in different films, and what stood out were his performances. We needed an actor to play the character of a Delhi based person, and his style of talking in Hindi was typically a Delhi one. Therefore we approached him and he accepted the role. Mehreen Kaur Pirzada was a newcomer and she looked very fresh. We had no preconceived notions of how she would perform as we had not seen her act before, therefore her being a fresh face and talent enabled us to pick her for the part.
Suraj Sharma: I was always waiting for the right script to come by me from Bollywood. The reason is that I wanted to be a bridge between Hollywood and Bollywood. I wanted to bring along with me all the knowledge of script and performances that I had learned in Hollywood and transfer it to Bollywood. Phillauri particularly had a very beautiful script. It had the elements of being very entertaining and comedic. It was a full on Bollywood script but at the same time it talked about a quite a lot of things. My role is a very strange one as it has to tackle with a marriage and at the same time with a ghost which is lost! Thus this element made it fun for me to do.
Anushka Sharma: Actually, I haven’t been on a date for a long time so there is no chance of me ghosting anybody in the near past.
Suraj Sharma: I’ve never ghosted anybody. I think I’m a nice guy.
Suraj Sharma: I feel that I am starting to read a variety of scripts and that is enabling me to grow in my career as a person and an actor. I feel that I am very close to the character that I’ve played in Phillauri now and am looking forward to what else I would be getting to do next so it is very exciting for me
Anushka Sharma: The only thing that interests me is the story which should have a new vision, a language and a voice. Now that the entertainment is coming inside the homes and people are staying on their sofas and not making their way to the cinemas, we need to offer them something more, therefore I think Phillauri has offered the people something unique to experience.
Suraj Sharma: The message this movie carries is in a way to raise awareness for the present generation which faces this dillema of over saturation of options and the inability of committing to one thing fully.
Anushka Sharma: It is a family film and you will only find out the real message behind it when you will watch it.
Suraj Sharma: We both actually had someone behind the camera to react to in different situations and we both found the experience as being very unique. It was a very different kind of CGI which we have worked on.
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