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Movie Review: Pari


via filmfares http://ift.tt/2Ffy1ZJ Pari: Not A Fairy Take, says it's moniker. The better thing would have been to say Pari: Not A Horror Film. It's one of those projects which look hot AF on paper but get screwed during the execution. Prosit Roy would have profited from watching the cult classic The Omen (1976) before making Pari. Because it's central tropes are all inspired from that film. The Gregory Peck starrer is a textbook case of how atmospheric horror is evoked. It teaches that blood and gore aren't necessary to send a chill down the spine of the audience. Good cinematography, great lighting and a brilliant score is enough to do the trick. And yes, good plot points as well. You can see Peck going round the bend trying to make sense of what's happening around him. And in the climax, raising against time to set things right. We know he's doomed and yet, having invested in him emotionally, we want him to succeed...

Director Prosit Roy starts the film along the right lines. A chance encounter brings Parambrata Chatterjee and Anushka Sharma together. He pays for her mother's funeral and accompanies her back to her hovel situated in a secluded place. It's a shaded area, full of trees and strange sounds. It's raining, the night has set and suddenly he finds himself spooked. He can't find the way back and she guides him back to the road. He can't get her out of his mind. Things take a turn when she turns up at his place, seeking shelter. He tries to be the Good Samaritan but more trouble brews when she falls for him. We are then introduced to Rajat Kapoor's character, who is a Muslim exorcist of sorts. The Bangladeshi professor has been fighting the good fight against evil spirits for long and has lost some of his marbles in the process. So we gear up for the classic good versus evil match with the innocent caught somewhere in between.

Alas, it isn't to be. After setting it up all nicely, the director inexplicably let's things fly way from him. Maybe the macher jhol served on the sets wasn't upto his usual standards. Whatever the reason maybe, the viewer is left with a product which is unintentionally comic at times. You wait and wait and wait for something that might send some scares down your way but it just doesn't happen.

Then, you don't get to emotionally connect with either Parambrata or Anushka. And that's the major flaw of the film. They should be made to feel like victims of circumstances not of their own making but that doesn't get achieved. It's not that they haven't tried hard. Anushka has gamely let her face be infused with all sorts of cuts and bruises and plays her character with hundred percent conviction. She jumps, kicks and growls like her life depends on it and gives it all to her role. Param too gets all the character traits of a good natured Bengali boy right. Ritabhari is efficient as his somewhat possessive fiancée and Rajat Kapoor too gets the mumbo jumbo down pat as the ghost busting professor. Full marks to them all for delivering the goods with a straight face.

A more dramatic story and tauter screenplay would have turned it into a true blue horror film. But in the present form, the only feeling it evokes is of sadness brought out by the fact that a brilliant opportunity got lost.

via filmfares http://ift.tt/2Ffy1ZJ Pari: Not A Fairy Take, says it's moniker. The better thing would have been to say Pari: Not A Horror Film. It's one of those projects which look hot AF on paper but get screwed during the execution. Prosit Roy would have profited from watching the cult classic The Omen (1976) before making Pari. Because it's central tropes are all inspired from that film. The Gregory Peck starrer is a textbook case of how atmospheric horror is evoked. It teaches that blood and gore aren't necessary to send a chill down the spine of the audience. Good cinematography, great lighting and a brilliant score is enough to do the trick. And yes, good plot points as well. You can see Peck going round the bend trying to make sense of what's happening around him. And in the climax, raising against time to set things right. We know he's doomed and yet, having invested in him emotionally, we want him to succeed...

Director Prosit Roy starts the film along the right lines. A chance encounter brings Parambrata Chatterjee and Anushka Sharma together. He pays for her mother's funeral and accompanies her back to her hovel situated in a secluded place. It's a shaded area, full of trees and strange sounds. It's raining, the night has set and suddenly he finds himself spooked. He can't find the way back and she guides him back to the road. He can't get her out of his mind. Things take a turn when she turns up at his place, seeking shelter. He tries to be the Good Samaritan but more trouble brews when she falls for him. We are then introduced to Rajat Kapoor's character, who is a Muslim exorcist of sorts. The Bangladeshi professor has been fighting the good fight against evil spirits for long and has lost some of his marbles in the process. So we gear up for the classic good versus evil match with the innocent caught somewhere in between.

Alas, it isn't to be. After setting it up all nicely, the director inexplicably let's things fly way from him. Maybe the macher jhol served on the sets wasn't upto his usual standards. Whatever the reason maybe, the viewer is left with a product which is unintentionally comic at times. You wait and wait and wait for something that might send some scares down your way but it just doesn't happen.

Then, you don't get to emotionally connect with either Parambrata or Anushka. And that's the major flaw of the film. They should be made to feel like victims of circumstances not of their own making but that doesn't get achieved. It's not that they haven't tried hard. Anushka has gamely let her face be infused with all sorts of cuts and bruises and plays her character with hundred percent conviction. She jumps, kicks and growls like her life depends on it and gives it all to her role. Param too gets all the character traits of a good natured Bengali boy right. Ritabhari is efficient as his somewhat possessive fiancée and Rajat Kapoor too gets the mumbo jumbo down pat as the ghost busting professor. Full marks to them all for delivering the goods with a straight face.

A more dramatic story and tauter screenplay would have turned it into a true blue horror film. But in the present form, the only feeling it evokes is of sadness brought out by the fact that a brilliant opportunity got lost.

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