Pari Movie Review Rating: 3.5/5 Stars (Three and a half stars)
Star Cast: Anushka Sharma, Parambrata Chatterjee, Rajat Kapoor, Ritabhari Chakraborty, Mansi Multani
Director: Prosit Roy
What’s Good: A horror movie without any cliched haunted-house moments, goosebump background score & a scary story which makes sense.
What’s Bad: Loses the grip in between and boasts some over-the-top hyperbolic moments.
Loo Break: Those who’re not used to this genre could take a loo break forcibly.
Watch or Not?: Even if you aren’t a fan of horror flicks, you should give this a try for numerous chilling moments and outstanding performances.
The story unfolds introducing a sweet introvert Arunabh (Parambrata Chatterjee) as he meets his type of girl Piyali (Ritabhari Chakraborty) in an arranged marriage kind of setup. With few interesting turn of events, Arunabh meets Rukhsana (Anushka Sharma) chained in an abandoned house. Yes, she’s supernatural, but is she evil? Prosit (director) maintains this mystery till the end. Enters the devilish twist, Professor Khasim Ali (Rajat Kapoor) playing one the most complicated & intriguing characters written for him.
With the entrance of Rukhsana in Arunabh’s life, things start to get complicated between him and Piyali. Rukhsana comes with a dark backstory which Roy decides to unfold bit by bit till the end. Who is a professor, why he is in the search of Rukhsana and many such questions remain unanswered till the crux of the movie arrives?
Pari Movie Review: Script Analysis
Penned by Prosit and Abhishek Banerjee, this surely is one of the best stories to come out of Bollywood. The level of intriguing gets so high at times you kind of ignored some of the silliest loopholes. The love track between Anushka & Parambrata has a graph fluctuating with every passing scene. At points, the situations are so real but sometimes you just can’t bear them. I had few seats empty to my left and right but in many scenes, I felt the thumping near my seats caused by a guy sitting many seats away.
Horror surely is not there for the entire time, but for the time it’s there it scares you. Beautifully executed spooky scenes and their sudden occurrences are paisa-vasool for fans of this genre. The story gets transported from Kolkata to Bangladesh, present to flashback but Roy manages to keep it as simple as possible. For any horror movie, the moment of devil-revelation is the soul & Pari excels in this section.
Pari Movie Review: Star Performance
Anushka Sharma, obviously, is in an avatar no one could’ve ever imagined it. We saw some thrilling traces in her during NH10, but in Pari she has aimed for a home run and succeeds in achieving it towards the climax. She is beautiful & horrific at the same time. The unpredictability of her character, the variation of her facial expressions are the results of one amazingly written character.
Parambrata Chatterjee fulfills the director’s vision as a pro. His unusual chemistry with Anushka Sharma works well. When you have someone as talented as Anushka Sharma having time of her life with her character, one tends to get into a shell but Parambrata overcomes this with his brilliant presence.
Rajat Kapoor has nailed his character, yet again. From his first frame, he proves why he’s considered as a legend in this field. His one-eyed touch will really disgust many but that’s what the makers intend to do so. Ritabhari Chakraborty looks super cute and has some very important sequences in the second half. Her overflowing charm supports her act as she gives a good performance.
Pari Movie Review: Direction, Music
Prosit Roy, making his debut with Pari, is the real hero of the film. Scripting a complicated story, teaming up a stellar cast and delivering a product within a controlled budget is not every first-timer can do. Though he has chosen a tough genre for his debut, it would really be interesting to see what he does next. Giving us Pari, he has proved how Bollywood can really churn up a horror film minus skin show, overacting and cringe-worthy script.
Usually, it’s the music composer who’s credited first in this section but Pari has a winner in its background score composer – Ketan Sodha. Apart from Talvar and Vicky Donor, Pari is Ketan’s third movie as a full-time composer. The nail-cutter effect, the music of cartoon channel, thumping of doors; Ketan covers this scary canvas with his spine-chilling effects. There’s just one song in the film composed by Anupam Roy and it serves well as a situational track.
Pari Movie Review: The Last Word
Hollywood, please take out the notepad and write down the stuff from Pari on how to make a non-cliched horror film. Surely one of the best in this genre & a must watch for the fans. Producer Anushka Sharma needs a special mention to make this possible.
Three and a half stars!
Pari releases on 2nd March, 2018.
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