Pari movie review: The Anushka Sharma starrer fails to rise above its silliness

If the film had been able to incorporate the ideas that it throws up, Pari may have had something to say. But it doesn’t. Poor Parambrata Chatterjee is left trying to hold up the story, such as it is, and is the only one left standing. For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App
Get assembly election result LIVE updates from each constituency in Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya It’s all drummed in. And now, it is evil spirits. Anushka Sharma plays Rukhsana with a great deal of bloody enthusiasm. Thunder, lightning, rain, women in black robes with rotten skulls for faces, noises off, creaking doors. The horror part of it unspools right alongside. 2018-03-02T01:38:07+00:00″>
Updated: March 2, 2018 1:38 am

Pari movie review: Anushka Sharma’s Pari, which styles itself as a supernatural horror flick, takes the burden of its song very seriously indeed. You cannot accuse her of not trying hard, but the film is so poorly-written, and so scatter-brained that nothing can rescue it, not even a leading lady who is determined to do something different with her producing heft. By the time we begin piecing the pieces, it’s well past the half-way mark. Is anyone fully wicked? But Pari, which styles itself as a supernatural horror flick, takes the burden of its song very seriously indeed: right from the beginning, and in almost every frame subsequently, there is darkness, evil, blood, Satanists, satanic verses, bruised women in chains and men with hacksaws. Related News
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Pari movie rating: One star
That this is an anti-fairy tale we know because the tagline tells us so. In Sharma’s previous effort, we met cheery ghosts (Phillauri). But the whole enterprise never rises above its silliness. That’s your supernatural part. By the end of it, a good couple of quarts of the red stuff have been spilled, but instead of scary, it’s all too dreary. And cannot love conquer all? Mumbo jumbo about ‘ifrits’ (evil spirits) is bunged in, and a lot of blood is let. Conversely, is anyone really all good? She clearly wants to break out and do something unconventional, but this is not it. And then, very rapidly, Pari becomes all exposition and explanation. The plot, trying desperately for gravitas by referencing certain yesteryear events in Bangladesh, without really giving us a credible reason, never hangs together, never feels true. How about plain ol’ humans the next time around? What you don’t get, in all this blood-and-gore and groan-and-moan and slash-and-burn, is a film. We start getting answers to why the mysterious Rukhsana ( Sharma) who emerges from a hut by a swamp in a forest (yes, all those things in a row) behaves the way she does, why Arnab (Chatterjee) feels like he owes her something, and why the two of them seem to constantly be swimming through murk, why a man with a damaged eye (Kapoor) shows up with a bunch of his weapon-bearing men.