We love Anushka Sharma. She’s fabulously pretty and one of the best actresses that Bollywood’s given us. But what we like most about her is the kind of characters that she wants to portray and the projects that she tackles. Be it a young woman unsure whether she loves her hubby in the Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi or the wife of a uber famous local wrestler in Sultan, Anushka’s aced them all.
What captured our attention was her first film as producer, ‘Phillauri’, where she played a ghost. Now, that film was not an out and out horror film, so not many horror fans would say it was their cup of tea. But looks like Anushka is making amends for that with her next, ‘Pari’.
This film came out of the blue so we really don’t know what the film is all about – but the first teaser poster that Anushka posted on Twitter hints at it being an out and out horror/thriller film. Little else is known about the film, other than that Pari will be made under Anushka’s production banner ‘Clean Slate Films’, in association with Kriaj Entertainment. Anushka has also tagged Param Batra. Batra earlier wowed us with his performance in ‘Kahaani’, more about that dude later.
If ‘Pari’ is a horror film, Anushka Sharma becomes the first A lister actress in the history of Bollywood to act in a mainstream, out and out horror film at the peak of her career. Remember, even Raaz was Bipasha Basu’s second film, when she acted in it in 2002.
Making horror films should be a fun, wholesome experience that inspires one to experiment and achieve. This isn’t always possible because of the big names and the bigger stakes involved. It’s high time that someone took back good ole horror back from the big names and added the slapdash quality that made Bollywood horror so much fun in the 70s and 80s.
Films like NH10 have endeared Anushka to the people who are looking for experimental cinema in their entertainment. With that kind of starpower, Anushka Sharma can definitely take back the Indian Horror Genre to its glory days of the 80s. We’re rooting for this gal.