The writing is clear on the wall. Anushka Sharma as a producer-cum actress is a risk-taker. After producing two totally different films like NH10 and Phillauri, she is back with Pari, which releases on Holi. We just saw the teaser and are genuinely bowled over with it. The actress has taken on the role of a woman with supernatural powers/a victim of domestic abuse with gusto. Bloodied, gory and scary AF, Anushka has managed to freak us out (something many established horror filmmakers have failed to do in recent times). Devoid of any sleaze, Pari seems to be genuinely creepy. It is also a testimony of how Anushka is someone who does not subscribe to the ‘herd mentality’. Here are three reasons why Pari is Anushka’s boldest move so far…
The horror genre in Bollywood has been synonymous to only one established actress, which is Bipasha Basu. The dusky beauty has been tormented by evil forces the maximum number of times and has emerged as the superwoman. All the other films have featured starlets like Zareen Khan, Sapna Pabbi, Kriti Kharbanda. No A-list actress has been in a horror film. Blame it on the stereotyped nature of Bollywood horror or rather, should we say horrex flicks, that A-listers actors or actresses want to stay away from them. Even the slightly different horror films like 404, Go Goa Gone and Ek Thi Daayan have had lesser known names. Vidya Balan played a ‘possessed woman’ way back in 2007 in Bhool Bhulaiyya, a film that wasn’t an out and out horror. Keeping this in mind, it is a very brave choice by Anushka Sharma to play what seems to be a witch. (Also Read: Pari Screamer 2: Restrained with chains, Anushka Sharma will make your blood curdle; watch video!)
Hatke role after marriage
While many may argue that the scenario for married actresses has changed in modern times, the ground reality is different. Even today, if you ask exhibitors in interior India, everyone will say that the outlook hasn’t changed that much. Anushka’s last few films from Bombay Velvet to Jab Harry Met Sejal have been mainstream ones. The actress has taken a risk to come out with a film like Pari within a few months of her high-profile marriage with Virat Kohli. It takes a lot of guts as a producer and actress, and she has proved that she has the spunk and conviction. From glamorous to gory – the actress with her marks and blood splattered face spooks us out. (Also Read: Check out the latest teaser of Anushka Sharma’s upcoming Pari)
The actress is paired with Parambrata Chatterjee in this film. Now, in both her home productions NH10 and Phillauri, the actress was paired with relatively lesser known actors. Yes, Phillauri had Diljit Dosanjh but he is not an established Bollywood face as yet. This time, she is with Parambrata Chatterjee. One of the top stars of the Bengali film industry, Parambrata impressed one and all with his performance as Satyaki/Rana in Vidya Balan’s Kahaani. It is evident that as a producer Anushka wants actors who fit the parts and can deliver rather than opt for a known face. The director is someone with a lot of experience but this is his first big project.