Welcome the lady 'dog'cula.. don,t leave your dogs out..Booo hooo… she jumps on humans, bites into dogs, hangs from the window, this zulfi (long hair) wolfy is Rukhsana ( Anushka Sharma) who emerges from dark forest meets Arnab (Parambrata Chatterjee – remember the good hearted policeman in Vidya Balan starrer KAHAANI) and the for the first time a person by the name Arnab ( you know who we are referring to ) is seen frightened, worried and under pressure.
Debutant helmer Prosit Roy’s PARI is ambitious for sure and it cements the thought that Anushka Sharma is a gusty producer. The A list actress carries a battered, bruised look and ‘nails’ it with a bloody determination and guts that no one can. This touted supernatural/atmospheric horror has everything that an eerie spook demands - darkness, evil, blood, dogs, chains, religion, ghosts, sensationalisms, gore, moan, thunder, lightening, sound, mirror, windows but not the scare we want.
Having no intention to turn ‘evil’ we won,t divulge the plot which if knotted properly, could have been a modern cult in this genre but alas it gets muddled by its own, making the audience hair raised for different reasons and not for the eerie feelings.
Shot in dark tone to give it a de noir/slasher feel minus the psychopath, PARI fails the get the momentum till the second half. Is Rukhsana obsessed or part of a cult, why is the professor with a damaged eye ( Rajat Kapoor) with a pack of agarbatti and men with weapons running after Rukhsana and who is this creepy women in black. The reason behind the haunting darkness isn,t cohesively explained though a couple of scenes are spine chilling indeed.
By the end of all the blood, gory and seena jory (romance), the philosophy of evil within all of us is injected with the adage that loves conquers all.. but it fails to strike the chord as we don’t feel for the central character Rukhsana.
Anushka Sharma as Rukhsana is a picture of outstanding guts and determination. Bloody hell, she tries so hard but the writing by Abhishek Banerjee and Prosit Roy is pea brained.
Parambrata Chatterjee is fantastic. Rajat Kapoor is brilliant. Ritabhari Chakraborty is fine. Dibyendu Bhattacharya chips in with valuable support.
Technically, it’s dark and edgy. Jishnu Bhattacharjee’s cinematography is haunting. Production values are first rate.
Indian answer to KILL BILL in NH10, a lovely ghost in PHILLAURI, and now this evil, bloody, lady wolf in PARI, certainly Anushka Sharma as a producer wants to break shackles. PARI has traces of a cult in the making but the result is muddled.