Pari is a child actor who got an acclaim for his role in Prithvi Konanur's award-winning movie '
Railway Children'. Director Prithvi trained all the child artists who were non-trained actors through the workshop he conducted and also made all child actors be the part of his rehearsal camp before ratifying the final take.
On screen, Pari had to look both childish and deeply troubled, his eyes narrow and sparkling as though he had seen the whole criminal world already. This fascinating and chilling moodiness recalls a more recent best child performance that never fails to amaze the critics.
After seeing the movie, one could understand the potential of the child actor Pari. The way the director trained Pari would make us only feel that acting is facile as a child because they need not have to move past self-doubt or even need not be afraid of what they are doing in front of the camera.
Hence, actor Pari played the role of Raju so smoothly that he resembled a real Raju in the railway station. It is not the method of those child actors who can only mug for the camera and remain cute on screen. His look, body language was terrific and bold!
Pari was the star of the film, but director Prithvi instinctively knows, how to serve the story first and not to make it all about the lead role. And perhaps it’s for the best since he is the only director who could have done magical things with Pari and another actor Manohara’s exceptional stone face. This movie was a real milestone in their career.
Child actors’ performances often deserve far greater recognition than critics or jury accord them for. The film ‘Railway Children’ and one would fail if he or she doesn’t mention the non-actor local kids in this movie.