Horror is a genre which directors in Bollywood have shied away from venturing into, fearing box office losses they may have to incur as a result. Anushka Sharma’s decision to not only act but produce Pari at the peak of her career is surely a bold decision but is it a viable one? Before Pari, Anushka had starred in Phillauri which was made on similar lines but was different in essence as it was a horror comedy. But Pari, unlike Phillauri, is a hardcore horror film as the teasers and posters warn you that it is ‘not a fairytale’. Anushka terrified look in the film is also being appreciated and each teaser released by the makers is setting the social media abuzz. So far, the makers have successfully been able to engage the audience by sharing posters and teasers at regular intervals and people have responded well to the promotional tactics. But will Pari prove to be the path breaking film of the industry or fall in the line with several other movies came and forgotten?
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Ramsay Brothers paved the way for the modern-day horror films. However, before they made their presence felt, other films like Khooni, Mahal, Bees Saal Baad did have their own impact on the audience. With Ramsay Brothers, the genre started grabbing attention but was not regarded as mainstream. Films like Purani Haveli, Veerana, Shaitani Ilaaka, Tahkhana showcased horror and even sought to blend it with sex scenes to try and make it appealing to the masses. Their first film Do Gaz Zameen Ke Neeche proved a milestone for them and for Indian horror film industry. At a time when the average Hindi film took about a year and Rs 50 lakh to complete, Do Gaz Zameen Ke Neeche was shot in 40 days on a budget of Rs 3.5 lakh. Now, a subject of mockery but it was the Ramsay Brothers who gave the country its first dose of horror films.
Soon after the Ramsay’s there were made an array of films which of course no one remembers. But the genre was once again revived with Ram Gopal Verma. His films like Bhoot, Darna Mana Hai, Vaastu Shashtra, Darna Zaroori Hai made a mark in the industry and helped to turn this genre mainstream. Though in comparison to the Hollywood horror films they lagged behind a great dfeal yet the change was considerable and worth a mention.
Director Vikram Bhatt too lent is skill to the genre and to this date, he continues to experiment with the subject. Raaz (37 cr), 1920, Phoonk, Phoonk 2, Haunted – 3D (26 cr), Khamoshiyan, 1920: London are examples.
Pari promises a very scary trip. Anushka, whom we generally know for her adorable girl next door look, for the very first time will be seen doing something gruesome. Bruised covered with blood and scared, her demonic avatar is enough to leave you scared and will definitely add to the trend to turn horror into an acceptable genre for even the top Bollywood stars.