Anushka Sharma, Parambrata Chatterjee, Rajat Kapoor, Ritabhari Chakraborty, Mansi Multani
PARI is a thriller you don't want to miss - simply because everything about PARI speaks about the power of believing in yourself. I am not talking about the storyline but about Anushka Sharma's attempt in turning the impossible into a success. The sheer foresight needs to be applauded.
The story begins with Aurnab (Parambrata) and his family returning from meeting his prospective bride Piyali (Ritabhari) but the happy, chatty feeling ends when there is an accident. Aurnab tries to help the lady he has hurt, when he is pointed towards the daughter of the lady, Rukhsana (Anushka Sharma). Seeing the shackled, wounded girl, Aurnab tries to help her the best he can.
His guilt for having orphaned her and the surrounding circumstances put Rukhsana in Aurnab's care. Everything seems normal on the surface, but there is a niggling feeling that something is not what it seems. Up until the interval, you are just about handed the many pieces of the puzzle. It is the advent of Hasim Ali (Rajat Kapur) that sets the action rolling. What conspires is mindboggling and eerie - and you leave the theatre veryunsettled.
While it is impossible that the screamers the makers shared prior to the release didn't already set the mood for the film, it is the excellent cinematography by Jishnu Bhattacharjee which totally gets under your skin. Each and every frame is a character in itself, aided by the background score, making the mood of the film an entity that creeps under your skin.
Of course, the actors each played their parts so perfectly, that they become indispensable to the story. There couldn't have been any other actor playing Aurnab nor could there be any one else playing Hasim. For that matter, even Mansi Multani, who plays the face of evil, is also one of the pillars that holds the film in one way or another. Certainly the weight of the film lies on Anushka and it does seem like she had been waiting to sink her teeth into something this big.
PARI is obviously tailormade for Anushka, and Sharma has ensured that she does justice to it. After seeing her in the abysmal JAB HARRY MET SEJAL, PARI makes you want to stand up applaud and even heave a sigh of relief because Rukhsana is the antithesis for everything that Sejal was. Parambrata gives his silent strength to his project which makes you admire his craft.
There is no doubt that for his first film, Prosit has been very well supported by his team and most of the praises that might come his way should be extended to his team.
However, Prosit's vision with the thriller is a wee-bit too one-tracked. To be diligent in your mission to give the audience a scare-fest is commendable but he could have given the film more in terms of emotions and life. Agreed, most of the characters are walking around like the dead, and there could have been nothing happy about his not-a-fairytale but the audience needed to feel the despair along with the fear, which cannot be accomplished by the best prosthetic artists in the world.
Speaking of the prosthetics, Cloover Wooton has done an excellent job, as have the VFX team. The entire PARI experience borders on mindboggling, but perhaps because of the excellent promotions and sort of misleading screamers, the expectations from PARI were gargantuan, which might work adversely for this otherwise nice attempt.
PARI might not be the answer to all Hollywood thrillers, but it sure is the answer to every actress who is cribbing about getting a lower billing, not enough money etc... If you want change, you need to be the change and Anushka Sharma certainly doesn't believe in sitting around.