Pari is a supernatural horror film in which a man attempts to help a woman named Ruksana, an abuse victim, who he found chained up in a hut.Wikipedia
Pari doesn’t come together in a coherent, satisfying way. There’s a lot going on in the film, including references to true historical events from the subcontinent, and an over-dependence on old wives’ tales about spirits and ‘ifrits’ and ‘jinns’. What starts out interestingly, ends in a mess.
The Anushka Sharma starrer never rises above its silliness...
Pari asks the big question – are human beings in fact the biggest monsters? I say the biggest horror is a lame script.
Pari appears puzzled as if they don’t know how to end what they started. Anushka Sharma’s film attempts to look different than usual ‘bhoot ki film’, but in the end, finishes right where 1920 Evil Returns or Alone did.
A stylised, witchy tale about the power of love...
Pari is a delightful treat and it is advised that people with weak hearts should enter the theatre at their own risks.
The best horror movies are ones that make you laugh as you scream -- laughing presumably at your own screaming -- but Pari doesn't operate on that level.
If you like horror as a genre, and prefer a genuine theme over sheer succession of scary sequences, you will like this one fascinating as it isn’t bound by the diktats of commercial cinema.
Pari, as the tagline says, is ‘not a fairy tale’. Those who love the horror genre can give it a try.
Pari is different from other Bollywood horror films. Yes. But, we still have a long, long way to go in the genre.
Hollywood, please take out the notepad and write down the stuff from Pari on how to make a non-cliched horror film. Surely one of the best in this genre & a must watch for the fans. Producer Anushka Sharma needs a special mention to make this possible.
...has an interesting premise with a fair amount of chills and thrills. However, the weak screenplay and unnecessary blood and gore is off putting. At the box office, the film will appeal to the segment of audiences who enjoy the horror/gore genre of films.
Watch it if you dig the horror genre – Anushka’s acting is definitely worth a dekko, as hubby Virat as already publicly proclaimed.
Pari intelligently slips in socio-political commentary, addressing the Bangladesh refugee crisis. The underlying message that the film tries to bring home is that one's identity is not dictated by boundaries laid down either by humans, nature or even the supernatural. One may not realise the film's symbolic relevance while watching it, given its immersive treatment, but it does offer a resolution.
Pari should’ve been more entertaining and less confusing. Although it has some terrifying scenes and a couple of heartwarming ones, those are simply not enough. The film will not be able to reach even the average mark mainly because it does not leave the audience satisfied. It will entail losses.
The hallmark of a good scary movie is that the scares come at you from all sides, fast and furious and do not allow you to breathe. This movie is slow to create the scary world, and even though you enjoy it, it takes too long to actually make you gasp for air. But what an awesome beginning for Anushka Sharma and Parambrata Chatterjee.
Audience Reviews for Pari
Pari is a film that depends only on jumpscare sequences. There's a mysterious woman (Anushka Sharma) who is given refuge from her shackled and miserable life by Arnab (Parambrata Chatterjee), a young man about to get married. As Arnab tries to save and bring her back to life, he realizes that the woman might not be a human - with powers that could put our homegrown superhero Krrish to shame and other contemporary ghost spirits at her feet for mentoring. Sometimes unintentionally funny and always dull, director Prosit Roy's Pari is a collection of bits and pieces about black magic and voodoo experiments gone wrong. A snail-paced screenplay with only the aforementioned two characters at full display, it feels like Roy had a lot of things to say. Child sacrifice is only one among them, which not only makes Pari interesting but also socially relevant. Mismatches in the storyline, gaping plotholes about the characters, and absolutely no background about them further makes Pari a difficult and confusing watch. One would even go and buy popcorn and stay there because the screenplay moves like it has all day. Sharma is decent, but more than her it's Bollywood newbie Ritabhari Chakraborty who does a better job at impressing us. Chatterjee, on the other hand, looks like he's hungover, and delivers a cardboard performance. Rajat Kapoor is at his best, as always, but unfortunately none of these cast performances elevate the appeal of the film as a horror thriller. The backstory is not convincing and the present proceedings hardly entice you. Pari, therefore, is a messed-up story that does not know what to highlight and what to convey. TN.
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Review of Pari
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.
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 the climax shapes up?
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.