Helmed by debutant Prosit Roy, Pari: Not a Fairytale is a supernatural horror film that stars Anushka Sharma in lead role and Parambrata Chatterjee, Ritabhari Chakraborty, Rajat Kapoor and Mansi Multani in supporting roles. Pari, which released today (2 March 2018), is Anushka’s third home production venture with her production house, Clean Slate Films. Well, the film has opened to positive reviews and here’s a look at what the critics have got to say about Anushka Sharma’s film. Pari, with its screamers and trailer that have been unveiled by the actor-producer so far, have been worthy of sending shivers down the spine, has turned out to be one of Bollywood’s spookiest horror films. Also Read - Anushka Sharma And Sakshi Dhoni Were Childhood Friends, Fans Surprised to See Rare Photos of The Two Divas
NDTV: Pari isn’t exactly the sort of supernatural thriller that Bollywood fans are accustomed to watching, yet it abounds in several of the obvious tropes of the genre. Its flights into fear and foreboding are frequent. It leaves nothing to the imagination and yet feels exasperatingly fudgy. First-time director Prosit Roy gives a wide berth to subtlety. Like the heroine of the story, he goes hammer and tongs at the job of creating a full-on scare-fest. The effort falls flat because it stretches credulity to snapping point – and then some. There are many passages in the film that fall between two stools – the romantic and the morbid – and fails to be convincing. One thing that Pari isn’t is predictable. But that isn’t good enough. It just isn’t the sort of spine-chiller that the pre-release “screamers” would have us believe. It lacks the narrative consistency that its in-your-face methods needed in order to be truly effective. In the end, the makers of Pari try way too hard. The outcome is an extended blur that leaves you dazed but totally unimpressed. Also Read - Anushka Sharma, Virat Kohli Raise Covid-19 Relief Fund Target To Rs 11 Crore, Read On
Times of India: Unlike most mainstream horror films, there’s no jarring background score, cliched jump scares, excessive conversation between characters or dramatic ‘possessed by evil spirit’ performances. Pari is an art-house, indie thriller which moves at its own pace, in its own unique way. It collates elements that are rare to find in commercial scary movies — eerie silence, haunting yet soothing melancholic music, an enchanting love story and an air of paranoia that grips you slowly and steadily. Also Read - Anushka Sharma-Virat Kohli Raise Rs 3.6 Crore Towards Covid-19 Fundraiser, Donate Rs 2 Crore
Hindustan Times: From a bit of chainsaw to a dose of slasher drama, Pari throws enough blood at you. Pari begins on a promising note but then slowly, Pari starts using the same tactics as Vikram Bhatt. 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 travelling, technology-friendly disturbed souls. 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.
Gulf News: The first half of Pari, which means angel, seems to suffer from schizophrenia with its attempt to blend romance into a plot that’s decidedly dark and ghoulish. In a perfect demonic world, there’s no space for a romantic song, but the makers of Pari march ahead and still stick in a song anyway. However, the director seems to get his command back in the second half as its morbidity quotient goes up. There are twists that aren’t predictable, but the climax suffers from a touch of unnecessary melodrama.
Deccan Chronicle: Pari, not a fairytale, has an excellent plot! The captain of the ship, Prosit Roy, not only tells a spine-chilling story with finesse but also impresses with his directorial skills. Few moments such as the interval point will hit you hard. It might be a possibility that you will see most of the film covering your face in fear, courtesy the brilliant background score and the crisp editing. Writers Prosit Roy and Abhishek Banerjee craft a gripping story which will keep you glued till the end. However, the second half is a little dragged, but it can be easily overlooked. Watch this space for further updates.