• 10 Feb - 16 Feb, 2018
  • Omair Alavi
  • Reviews

What would you say if I told you that Hollywood stars Gregory Peck and Omar Sharif acted posthumously in a Pakistani film? Of course, no one would believe it even if it is a horror film but the makers of Pari thought that the audience would be stupid enough to believe that the two foreigners were unknown people. News Flash – The Audience isn’t stupid at all. They have self-taught themselves the art of watching films and when they see a mediocre product, they ensure that no one they know should suffer the same ordeal.

The decision to go horror was a brave one for the makers of Pari – the Indian one featuring Anushka Sharma is releasing in a month’s time – but the film fell flat as they brought in elements from Hollywood and tried to incorporate them in Pakistan. A young girl with mysterious powers haunts her parents’ new house as well as the guests, making the wife to disclose something sinister to her hubby. It took just one prayer to break the spell but it will take a lifetime for the audience to forget the experience of watching a low-budget horror film that did anything but scare the audience.

None of the actors impressed – not even the experienced Qavi Khan and Saleem Mairaj – and neither did the location, because the cinematography was crappy; there was constant lightening throughout the film and the net result was a flick that shouldn’t have made it to the cinemas. •