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Pari - Honest Movie Review

Verdict - "Unsettling But Definitely Not Scary!"

Co-Produced and Starring Anushka Sharma in the lead role, Pari: Not a Fairytale is directed by debutant Prosit Roy and co-stars  Parambrata Chatterjee, Ritabhari Chakraborty, and Rajat Kapoor as the supporting cast. Positively, the film did get a good amount of buzz from the spooky promos and people are excited to see a major actress like Anushka do a genre film and props to her for taking a bold step.

It's honestly been a while since Bollywood filmmakers got Horror films right, recent films like 1921, Raaz: Reboot and 1920: London felt more like cliched-oversaturated-CGI-mess as people started to laugh on these films because of how bad they were presented. The point that I'm trying to make is, the horror genre is slowly dying unless it's cleverly executed by makers who take it seriously and Pari appeared to be the film with that distinct approach. But!

After the tragic death of her mother, Rukhsana (Anushka Sharma), an introvert and a girl with very little knowledge of the outside world reaches out to Arnab (Parambrata Chatterjee) for help as she has been hunted down by a group of miscreants who are involved in satanic rituals and wants to her as a hostage to complete their evil practices. The film follows the eerie yet virtuous journey of Rukhsana as she tries to find love and battles her demonic existence which is weird and unconventional at the same time.

Let's start with the positives, this film is without a doubt unsettling to watch. The filmmaker took full advantage of the certified 'A' rating and didn't hesitate to present us with disturbing and gory imagery. From the practical makeup (which I appreciate) to the jump scares and sound effects the film created a frightening atmosphere which is comparatively a lot better than the CGI eye-and-tongue-popping-out monsters that we usually see in typical Indian Horror films. Cinematographer, Jishnu Bhattacharjee should also be given a well-deserved praise for maintaining an unnerving vibe throughout the film filled with the monsoon rains and a dull bluish-green hue.

In regards to Anushka Sharma's performance, she was remarkable with her portrayal of the innocent yet terrifying character. She's the show-stealer and acting aside, IMO she's doing an exceptional job so far as a producer bringing unorthodox cinema and introducing new talented directors to the Bollywood Film Industry. Moving forward, I expect her to make wise decisions when it comes to the story and screenplay of her production house films which are definitely not great (excluding NH 10).

And that brings me to the problems of the movie, which are undoubtedly the story and the screenplay. It's an interesting concept for sure, but the flawed and patchy screenplay, the setup which didn't have a proper pay-off and overall a messy execution didn't help the film by any means as it ultimately ended as a boring and mundane horror-thriller which I'm not looking forward to.

On the whole, the producers and the director must be appreciated for the attempt and the ambition. However, as an overall film, Pari is unsettling but definitely not scary, the tedious story and screenplay didn't make the movie a must watch, but if you're all in for Anushka's performance and something different wait till it debuts on Amazon Prime or Netflix.

My Rating - 2/5 | Grade - C (Meh! Probably a Rental!)
-An Honest Movie Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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