Arnab (Parambrata Chatterjee) is returning with his parents after an arranged meeting with Piyali (Ritabhari Chakraborty) and her family when their car hits an old woman killing her on the spot. Arnab and his father inform the police about the accident and claim that the woman jumped in front of their car out of the blue with a probable intention of suicide. The police begin its investigation and find strange facts about the woman and her daughter Ruksana (Anushka Sharma).
Who are these two women? What’s so strange about them? Will the incident affect Arnab’s life badly?
Positive Points: –
- After a really long time, Bollywood or in fact the entire Indian cinema fraternity has gotten a horror movie right!
- Anushka Sharma’s stellar performance uplifts the tension of the premise.
- On a broader basis, the storyline is well thought of and almost well executed.
- Prosit Roy’s direction is magnificent and he maintains the eerie atmosphere perfectly throughout the run.
- On the technical side the editing, cinematography, the background score and even the makeup have been perfect!
Negative Points: –
- A mawkish and underwhelming climax which waters down the thrill built up in the entire film.
- The film becomes less scary as the story unfolds.
- There are some moments which were meant to be scary but become unintentionally comic Viz. Pari’s Spider-Man
Direction, Script & Other Technicalities: –
For a debutant, Prosit Roy has done a remarkable job with direction and has finally made a horror film that creates genuine scares with a compelling plot while staying far away from bad makeup, overacting and unnecessary commercialisation. His screenplay (co-written with Abhishek Bannerjee) is also well crafted with a unique storyline. The characters develop well over time and the chemistry between the leads has been captured skilfully. The highlight of the film was the way Ruksana (or Pari) learns the basic habits of everyday life from Arnab which was a delightful respite from the otherwise tensed atmosphere. On the other side, the over-sentimental turn that the film takes towards its end is its big low for that kind of destroyed the thrill which had been constructed in its premise. The stunt works were a bit average and with the passage of time the horror gimmicks become repetitive and less startling.
On the technical side, Pari scores a home run. Jishnu Bhattacharjee’s camera work, Manas Mittal’s editing, Ketan Sodha’s score as well as the sterling makeup work are spot on and maintain the sinister atmosphere tightly. The film doesn’t rely on songs which is a plus point as it minimised unnecessary distractions.
Anushka Sharma shines throughout the film. With her immaculate performance, she not only makes her presence horrifyingly delectable but also abates the loose ends of the film. She dominates the screen right from her first scene till her last.
Parambrata Chatterjee gives a sublime performance and manages to not get overshadowed by Sharma’s act which is commendable.
Rajat Kapoor displays an exemplary blend of good and evil in a single character and makes it even difficult at times to judge his positions and actions.
Ritabhari Chakraborty has a charming presence though it’s difficult to judge her acting given the fact that her character is unidimensional and has no profound acts to accomplish except in the climax. On a broader view, she did well with what was expected from her but it’s far from enough to give her more roles in Bollywood.
Final Verdict: –
As stated before, Pari is the horror movie done right by Bollywood and the one we deserved. Be it the direction or the writing or the performances or its technicalities, it impresses the viewers on all fronts. You can’t just let it pass.