3 out of 5 stars
Box Office: TBA
Hindi horror films have often got the rap for being unintentionally funny with their terrible acting, overload of creaky door sounds and evil men parading in bad prosthetic make-up.
Pari, the supernatural thriller starring Anushka Sharma and Parambrata Chatterjee with an 18+ rating in the UAE, doesn’t suffer from those near-fatal flaws.
Be warned though, it’s heavy on the gore with its bloody twists. But it doesn’t bore you. As far as atmospherics go, the incessant grey pallor with heavy rains throughout the film create the perfect setting for doom and gloom.
Directed by newcomer Prosit Chatterjee, the monster-meets-mortal romance begins on an innocent note with Parambrata Chatterjee’s introverted character subjecting himself to an arranged marriage set-up where he’s getting to know the prospective bride. But on their way back, their car, driven by his father, hits an old woman, and that sets the film in motion.
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“Anushka Sharma’s horror film is a world apart from other ghoulish Bollywood offerings, and that’s a good thing”
– Gulf News