Genre: Horror, Comedy
Duration: 130 minutes
India Release Date: 31-AUG-2018
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 2.75 on 5
In the small town of Chanderi, the menfolk live in fear of an evil spirit named “Stree” who abducts men in the night. Based on the urban legend of “Nale Ba” that went viral in Karnataka in the 1990s.
Written by Raj and DK (Go Goa Gone & Shor in the City fame), Stree is a horror comedy, directed by Amar Kaushik. The movie stars Shraddha Kapoor and Rajkumar Rao in the lead roles supported by Pankaj Tripathi, Abhishek Banerjee and Aparshakti Khurrana.The film is based on the Indian urban legend, Nale Ba, about a witch who knocks on people’s doors at night (True Phenomena based out of Bengaluru). Film’s story revolves around the quaint town of Chanderi that is haunted by a unique legend. The spirit of an angry woman stalks men during a festive period. During these four nights, the spirit, simply referred to as Stree, calls out to men when they’re alone. If the men turn around, Stree whisks them away, leaving behind only their clothes. Chanderi’s wonder boy and tailor extraordinaire, Vicky (Rajkummar Rao) falls in love with a mysterious girl (Shraddha Kapoor) who appears only during the four days of the festive season as well. Her disappearing act gets his friends suspicious and they start believing that she could be the Stree haunting the city for long. First half majorly focuses on the introduction of una-named ghost (Stree / Shraddha Kapoor) & how some hilarious situations arises because of it. Film does fairly well with the comedy in the first half. It felt like little streteched like a rubber band in the second half. For the climax, the movie drops the horror comedy treatment and becomes a little too serious about the conventional stabbing-the-ghost-in-the-heart kind of ideas that often play out in horror flicks. Rajkummar Rao gets a chance to dabble in a new genre and he excels thoroughly. He excels in every scene. Pankaj Tripathi as a sagacious spirit expert is a treat to watch. Shraddha Kapoor is alluring in her role. The collective acting is A-rated from a handful of supremely talented actors – Abhishek Banerjee (Debut Bollywood Film) and Aparshakti Khurrana. Stree entails four songs that are quirkily composed, outlandishly written and wackily sung by Sachin-Jigar’s team that maintains the film’s tonality of not taking itself too seriously. Milegi Milegi stands out and is the best. Other songs, Aao Kabhi Haveli Pe & Kamariya are weaved very well with the script as they doesn’t feel like an obstruction. Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK’s screenplay is effective and entertaining.Sharply written lines by Sumit Arora that evoke easy laughter and doesn’t seem stale. Amar Kaushik’s direction is commendable, considering that this is his first film. He has handled the horror as well as dramatic scenes with panache. Overall, film begins with the HIGH note and ENDS at very low confusing note. Despite all its flaws and ambiguous ideas, Stree is still an entertaining film.
An experimental Horror / Comedy genre by debutant Amar Kaushik, has its absurdities, but also has its moments. Combining humour and horror is a risky gamble, but director Amar Kaushik manages to pleasantly juxtapose the two disparate genres in his debut film Stree. The film worked in most parts. Had 10 minutes been chopped off, the horror comedy would have been crisper and more entertaining. However, it’s still worth a one-time watch.
Ratings: 2.75 on 5
Performance: 3.5 on 5
Script: 3 on 5
Screenplay: 3 on 5
Music / Background Score: 3 on 5
Editing: 2 on 5