Bipasha Basu instantly comes to mind when we think of a Bollywood heroine in horror genre. Well, this time it is different. It is Anushka Sharma this time. Though her home production Phillauri did feature her as a ghost, however, she was rather a cute and friendly one like the Casper. But if you have seen the trailers of Pari, sending down chills down your spine, definitely Anushka is no friendly ghost in it.
Though much is not known about the story and her role in the movies, the scary look of Anushka has surely made it to the news. The credit for this entirely goes to well known British Prosthetic Designer, Clover Wootton.
Unlike the sweet Shashi in Phillauri, she plays a scarier ghost named Rukhsana in Pari. With the little insights of the story, Rukhsana is a woman who had gone through a lot of physical and mental torture. Talking about the character and the need for the scary look, Wootton says, “With Rukhsana’s character, we needed to understand that she has been through a lot physically, and that is how her look had to be designed. Her hair quality is bad and damaged, her skin would be pale, dry and dirty. The conditions that she has been living in will have had an effect on her body, but at the same time she needed to look attractive too.”
She further adds “I deliberately left some oil on her face. Anushka has naturally very beautiful skin so I did absolutely nothing to it and kept it all raw. The light eyes really suited her and the freckles gave the feel of roughness to her skin and the aura that maybe she is not the same as us. The challenge was to make it believable that she is Rukhsana and not Anushka.”
Wootton has till date worked on movies like Rangoon, Bajirao Mastani, Shivaay, Haider, and Phobia, to name a few, and is currently working on movies Sui Dhaga and Dutt for the characters of Anushka Sharma and Ranbir Kapoor respectively.
So this Holi, be prepared to be coloured in horror and chills by Anushka. Pari will be released worldwide by Pooja Films on March 2, 2018. This is Anushka’s third film under her home production, Clean Slate Films. The other two were, NH10 and Phillauri. It is presented by KriArj Entertainment and Kyta Productions. The movie is directed by debutant Prosit Roy and also stars Parambrata Chatterjee, Rajat Kapoor and Ritabhari Chakraborty. The music director of this film is Anupam Roy.