Cast: Anushka Sharma, Parambrata Chatterjee, Rajat Kapoor, Ritabhari Chakraborty, Mansi Multani
Director: Prosit Roy
When it comes to the genre of horror then Bollywood certainly lacks unforgettable performances. In Bollywood too, a small number of horror movies are released every year, but one can easily forget them. However, this is not the case with Pari, as it makes an honest effort to fill that deficiency.
A good horror movie will send chills down your spine and a bad one will make you lament your horrific decision of watching it. Pari can be placed somewhere between these two extremes. It’s a loosely written script made interesting by strong acting.
As the tagline reminds viewers over and over, Pari is not a story of a fairytale but the dark world of horror. However, a closer look reveals that the movie is more about gore and carnage rather than bloodcurdling horror.
The film begins with a car accident that sets in motion many frightening events. Parambrata Chatterjee as Arnab is one of the occupants of the car. He feels he is responsible for the motherless girl Rukhsana played by Anushka Sharma as her mother dies in the car accident. After seeing her plight, he decides to give shelter to her. Arnab already is engaged to Piyali played by Ritabhari Chakraborty but his life turns upside-down when Rukhsana falls for him.
Accompanied by chilling background score and frightening scene the first half of the movie certainly indulges you. However, the second half lacks the pace and pushes the movie towards the known path of predictability. Rajat Kapoor as an exorcist from Bangladesh enters in the second half and does justice to his screen time. His mission is to kill Rukhsana and he ended up ‘accidentally’ meeting Arnab.
Does the exorcist succeed in killing her? Will Arnab know the truth about Rukhsana? Well, we leave that for you to find out as we hate spoiler.
The fast-paced nature of the film actually helps in covering up few of the loose ends that would have raised logical questions in the mind of the audience. In conclusion, Pari offers some genuinely hair-raising sequence but its liberal use of gore makes it lose its spark. For some, it may turn out to be a difficult film to watch but it serves as an option. Pari, despite the effort, remains an average affair.