Released on 2nd March, Pari continues to haunt theatres with its horrifying, bitter and brutal visuals. Consumed with sheer wildness, Pari is surely not a heartwarming fairy tale but a heartbreaking misery.
The film sets in Kolkata where Arnab (Parambrata Chatterjee) is finding a decent girl to get married. He meets Piyali (Ritabhari Chakraborty) and things work out pretty good. As Arnab is driving his way back home with his parents, in the middle of the road surrounded by wild trees appears an old woman who is gruesomely tossed out by their car and lies dead.
Arnab informs the police and all of them claim it a suicide. When police, along with Arnab, search for her house, they hear someone sob inside. A girl named Rukhsana (Anushka Sharma) in her mid-twenties, severely hurt and injured, trembles and hides her face. They all bring her to the hospital. Arnab takes care of her mother’s mourning and arrives home only to know that she has come along all the way barefoot.
Days pass and she continues to live in his apartment and soon falls in love with him. However, weird and horrible incidents in the house do not stop troubling her. One day, a middle-aged, mysterious professor reveals Rukhsana’s truth. He suggests Arnab to leave her as she does not deserve his love and affection.
Who is Rukhsana and what is she hiding? Is it deep down burried under her blue sparkling eyes, her deadpan look, or some gloomy memory? Or perhaps none of them? Watch it and find out for yourself.
Direction: Prosit Roy
I found the movie more horrendous than horror. It started out extremely slow paced and first half contained more of plot building and hidden clues which linked gradually in climax. In the middle of scary environment, some surprising elements of humor will make you giggle. However, some of the scenes could have been subtler to reduce dullness.
Cinematography: Jishnu Bhattacharjee
I loved the visual imagery. All shots nicely pictorialized the story and created the enviornment needed. It brought a special cool light exposure required for horror theme and a stormy weather to support the rising tension.
Editing: Manas Mittal
Trailer and teaser were beautifully edited with fast-paced jump cuts whereas the movie seemed slow. Few of the screamers were predictable enough due to late cuts and also lack of spontaneous background score couldn’t make the scene up to the mark. Sequencing was good, it helped understand the plot logically and reveal the story gradually on the right time.
Acting: Anushka Sharma, Parambrata Chatterjee
Everyone did a great job including main and the supportive cast. Both Anushka and Parambrata glued to their roles till the end. Anushka lived the mysterious, sweet-innocent character of Rukhsana brilliantly.
I will give it 7/10. It’s a violent and supernatural thriller and definitely an appreciative effort to create authentic and realistic performance in horror theme after a long time.
Do not watch if you have a sensitive heart because it contains lots of disturbing scenes.