Pari, a film by Prosit Roy, is a latest addition to the horror genre. Generally, Indian horror films have regular set patterns of execution with some creepy / spooky sound effects, revenge seeking saga, murder, extortionist bringing some remedies etc. A few of the Indian horror films which did well in the recent past are Raat, Bhoot, 1920, Raaz etc. Many times, what happens with the horror films is that it turns out to be a comedy, or it just turns out to be a screenplay with some forced logical plots. But, we have Pari, a supernatural horror film, which is with an exception of not using creepy / spooky sound effects and illogical plots, although, the screenplay gets incoherent at times. The film has reference of a supernatural creature ‘Ifrit’ of Arabic and Islamic culture. Ifrit means the most powerful and dangerous jinn. It also showcases devil-worshiping cult and women in chains. The film also addresses human issues that of romance, drama etc. Pari is certainly a different film, but it does not establish itself as one of the best engaging horror film. Pari starts slowly, it takes almost first half to build up the plot. The strength of this film is the performance of Anushka, who is horrifying, vulnerable, scary etc. Anushka is also one of the producer of this film (this is her third production attempt after NH 10 and Phillauri). Should Anushka try making a happy film next?
The backdrop of the film is Kolkatta. Major incidents in the film are clubbed with rain too. Arnab (Parambrata Chatterjee) along with his parents is on his way back home after meeting Piyali (Ritabhari Chakraborty) as part of matchmaking process. His vehicle hits an old lady who is declared to be dead at hospital. Search for her relatives end up in Arnab’s finding Rukhsana (Anushka Sharma) in shackles in an isolated house in the forest. The external world is new for me. Circumstances shape up in such a manner that Rukhsana starts staying in Arnab’s house. Arnab’s empathy goes with Rukhsana, but as expected, story takes a different turn, where Arnab gets to know another side of timid Rukhsana.
Qasim Ali (Rajat Kapoor) is a Bangladeshi professor, who was once heading Qayamat Andolan. His motives seem ambiguous to the viewers in the beginning. But later on, it becomes clear.
Further details of the story may divulge the screenplay. Watch the film to seek answers to these questions. Why Rukhsana was kept in shackles? What was the intention of Qasim Ali ? What was this Qayamat Andolan all about? How does Arnab’s relationship with Piyali move ahead? How does Rukhsana’s presence around Arnab make a difference to his life? And also how does it affect Piayali’s relationship with Arnab ? How the climax shapes up?
Anushka is very convincing as Rukhsana and it is appreciable the way she conducts herself, her body language and timid demeanour. Parambrata does give a good calming performance. Rajat Kapoor is a veteran and professor’s role seems like a cakewalk for him. Anshuman Jha does a cameo in the film in a scene with Rajat Kapoor. It would have been interesting to watch Anshuman in a little bigger role. Ritabhari Chakraborty does give noticeable performance.
Pari had the potential to be a great film. But it fails to be so due to slow pace, clichéd climax and incoherence in certain scenes. Watch it, if you want to watch a different film in the horror genre.
Pari, a supernatural horror film, certainly is different with an exception of not using creepy / spooky sound effects and illogical plots. It clubs the supernatural and human aspects. It had the potential to be a great engaging film. But it fails to be so due to slow pace, clichéd climax and incoherence in certain scenes. Watch it, if you want to watch a different film in the horror genre.
Rating: 3/5 (Good)
Cast and Crew Details (Source: Wikipedia Page)
Cast: Anushka Sharma (Rukhsana), Parambrata Chatterjee (Arnab), Rajat Kapoor (Professor Qasim Ali), Ritabhari Chakraborty (Piyali), Anshuman Jha (cameo)
Direction: Prosit Roy
Produced by: Anushka Sharma, Karnesh Sharma, Prernaa Arora, Arjun N Kapoor
Written by : Prosit Roy, Abhsishek Banerjee
Cinematography: Jishnu Bhattacharjee
Music by: Anupam Roy; Background score – Ketan Sodha
Edited by: Manas Mittal
Production Company: Clean Slate Films, KriArj Entertainment, Kyta Productions
Distributed by: Pooja Entertainment (India), Universal Pictures (International)
Release Date: 2nd March, 2018
Duration: 134 minutes