Director: Prosit Roy
Starring: Anushka Sharma, Parambrata Chatterjee & Rajat Kapoor
Written: Prosit Roy & Abhishek Bannerjee
Music: Anupam Roy
Clean Slate Films, Kriarj Entertainment & Kyta Productions’ PARI is a horror tale which talks about the a popular urban legend in West Bengal which is embedded with witches, Satan worship and evil children. Arnab (Parambrata Chatterjee) is on his way back from seeing a girl his parents have arranged to meet while on the road there is an accident an old lady dies in the crash. Investigation reveals that the old lady has her daughter Rukhsana (Anushka Sharma) tied to a bolt and chain in her house. Chatterjee feels obliged to help the girl get her deceased mother’s body from the morgue and even helps her with last rites. On the other hand, there is a professor (Rajat Kapoor) who has been chasing Sharma for a long time and when he gets to know about her mother’s passing he feels it’s the right time to get to her. But she is able to run away before Kapoor and his goons can get to her and finds refuge at Chatterjee’s house. His guilt plays on him and he let her stay with him. As the story moves forward it becomes evident that Sharma is not at all what meets the eyes. As Kapoor gets closer to her trail the movie takes a drastic turn as well.
An atmospheric thriller is a myth in the Hindi films. However that myth is crushed with PARI. The atmosphere that the director builds around the entire movie is brilliant. Being a scary movie, the movie has right amounts of scares litter all around the film’s runtime. The movie pays a great homage to films like ROSEMARY’S BABY (1968), LET THE RIGHT ONE IN (2008) and others in the genre which is again a big plus for it. There are plenty of moments in the film which will make you look away from the screen. It is no doubt that this is a very brave attempt on the part of the backers of this film.
However the film has its cons as well. The film has a runtime of 134 minutes and that is way too long for to tell a tight thriller. Logical issues also crop up all the time in this one with it lacking it overall. The climax although has the right amount of chills is too over the top and that is a shame cause they could’ve really pushed the envelope with it had they not made it so farfetched.
Production values are superb. Cinematography by Jishnu Bhattacharjee is top notch and he is able to bring the atmosphere of the film across superbly. Music is actually unnecessary. The background score by Ketan Sodha is excellent. Special mention to the art department for really add to the eerie feel of the film. Make up is exceptional.
Performance wise, Anushka Sharma hits the ball out of the park with this one. She is sensational in the film and adds another top class performance in her filmography. Parambrata Chatterjee is great his subtle nuances and seasoned performance is one of the finest things in the film. Rajat Kapoor is good. Ritabhari Chakraborty as Chatterjee’s fiancé makes a confident debut. Rest of the cast provide able support.
As a director, Prosit Roy make a good horror movie with some really good moments but is slightly off the mark with his own writing in this one.