Pari Movie Review: Not best but worst Bollywood horror movie

Pari: Not a Fairytale is a 2018 Indian supernatural horror film directed by newcomer Prosit Roy. It stars Anushka Sharma and marks her third production venture for her company Clean Slate Films. Pari Movie Review: Not best but worst Bollywood horror movie.

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Pari: Not a Fairytale is a 2018 Indian supernatural horror film directed by newcomer Prosit Roy. It stars Anushka Sharma and marks her third production venture for her company Clean Slate Films.

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Now that the Anushka Sharma starrer Pari is out and banned in Pakistan, and it’s obvious that we’re not going to get to see it, the ratings from across the border have been telling us that we’re really not missing out on much.

 

While many lauded the film for its cinematography and some jump-in-your-seat scares, most dragged it for a lack of story and screenplay and succumbing to the usual cliches of an ordinary, spooky movie.

While many lauded the film for its cinematography and some jump-in-your-seat scares, most dragged it for a lack of story and screenplay and succumbing to the usual cliches of an ordinary, spooky movie.

 

Rounding up six reviews from Indian critics, here’s what they had to say:

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Hindustan Times

“Anushka Sharma’s Rukhsana is an attempt to humanize the idea of the Satan living inside all of us. Her enthusiasm makes it bearable. You’re willing to give her the benefit of doubt, but a messed-up screenplay snatches away her chance to rise and shine.

 

Though they resort to explaining all the major plot points in the second half, it’s too late by then. You have already heard a monstrous voice a la Creature 3D, or have seen people’s heads getting twisted like Ram Gopal Varma’s Bhoot.

 

Apart from one or two scenes meant for the shock value, most of it fails to restore our faith in this story of shape-shifting, Voldemort-inspired, time traveling, technology-friendly disturbed souls.

 

What begins as a captivating mystery around a chained woman slips into a tale of disturbed TV signals and flickering lights.”

Indian Express

“Thunder, lightning, rain, women in black robes with rotten skulls for faces, noises off, creaking doors. What you don’t get, in all this blood-and-gore and groan-and-moan and slash-and-burn, is a film.

 

By the time we begin piecing the pieces, it’s well past the half-way mark. And then, very rapidly, Pari becomes all exposition and explanation. 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.

 

But the whole enterprise never rises above its silliness. 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. Mumbo-jumbo about ‘ifrits’ (evil spirits) is bunged in, and a lot of blood is let. 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.”

The Quint

“When we expect to be duly rewarded for our patience post-interval, we realise that this film isn’t so much about horror as it is about gore. It’s just too much blood and torture, gut-wrenching cries of pregnant women and Satan-invoking chants that make it a difficult film to watch.”

 

If you go in to Pari looking for a slew of shocks and spine-chilling sequences, there aren’t too many of them. Pari is more about blood, butchery and violence. An interesting premise let down by shoddy writing. Despite all the greatness it was poised for, Pari remains an average affair."


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