Directed By: Prosit Roy
Produced By: Anushka Sharma, Karnesh Sharma, Prernaa Arora, Arjun N Kapoor
Cast: Anushka Sharma, Parambrata Chatterjee
Duration: 2 Hours 17 Minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 3/5
Horror in Hindi cinema over the years has varied preconceived notions attached to it, the most prominent ones being bad prosthetic makeup coupled with creaky door noises. So, for once, you could proudly rest those assumptions because Anushka Sharma’s ‘Pari’ stands apart on those counts.
As the title suggests, the story of ‘Pari ‘ is no fairytale but a bloodied gory saga of a girl named Rukhsana who is said to be an evil being with some unfulfilled motive. An accidental meet with a young, soon-to-be married lad makes her land up in his house. A scared Rukhsana is escaping a gory man who is known to proudly conduct exorcism in the most disturbing manner possible. Without giving out any further spoilers, one thing we would definitely forewarn you of is to be prepared for some horrifying scenes. Well, the start itself has a lot of gore which prepares you for the disturbing journey ahead.
There’s no haunted palace, no murder seeking revenge here, but tale of an evil being falling in love with a mortal. Parambrata Chatterjee’s quiet and introverted character who has an arranged match setup ready finds himself in a dilemma after meeting the uncivilised and spooky Anushka Sharma. As much as we liked Parambrata’s calm act, his love interest Piyali played by Ritabhari Chakraborty was equally good. However, Anushka Sharma clearly takes the cake here. As if her persona in the screamers wasn’t enough, her horrifying act in the movie is class apart. No added makeup, no changes in face, yet the actress manages to send chills down your spine with her effortlessly scary performance. Add to it, the background score which gives an additional spooky effect at the right moments. Another performance that deserves mention is delivered by seasoned actor Rajat Kapoor who plays a bewitching exorcist to perfection. And who can forget the existence of Kalapori? Well, let’s not get into her details and spoil it all.
While the movie does succeed to scare you and keep you on the edge of your seat, it’s violent treatment with grey backdrop makes it an uncomfortable watch in major parts. Some scenes of exorcism are disturbing to the core. Also, an unwanted love angle with a predictable end is a slight letdown. But, if you’re expecting to go in for a different kind of horror cinema, this one’s worth your time.