stree movie 2018 Review

Stree Movie Directed By–  Amar Kaushik.

Stree Movie Writing Credit:

  • Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K: story and screenplay.
  • Sumit Arora:

Stree Movie Star Cast:

  • Shraddha Kapoor as Stree.
  • Rajkummar Rao as Vicky.
  • Pankaj Tripathi as Rudra.
  • Aparshakti Khurrana as Bittu.
  • Vijay Raaz.

Stree Movie Story:

The quaint town of Chanderi 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.

Stree Movie Review:

Misogyny and chauvinism are social evils that exist in both first and third world societies. Whether you’re educated or civilized, women have always had to play second fiddle in the male-dominant system. The world would certainly, do well to give women far more respect. To see such a pertinent conversation unfold in a horror-comedy like Stree is a unique experience. But, it feels a bit jarring, when a film that pokes fun at horror film ideas and entertains the audience with its quips, suddenly bursts out into a comment on feminism. In a bid to be socially relevant, Stree ends up being a little too preachy.

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Misplaced, good intentions aside, the writing for this genre-bender is very good, especially in the dialogues department. Horror comedies are a rare offering in Hindi cinema and in that respect, Stree serves up a lot of thrills and spills. The small-town setting and the many jibes at horror film legends are hilarious. The funniest character in the film is Pankaj Tripathi’s Rudra, a bookshop owner and Mr know-it-all, who guides Vicky and his friends on how to cope with Stree and her haunting act.

Tripathi’s comic timing is top notch and one of the veritable highlights of the film. Rajkummar’s performance is just as good. He handles the many shades of comedy, horror, and romance (in a brilliant throwback scene to Shah Rukh Khan) with great ease. Aparshakti Khurrana and Abhishek Banerjee as the friends offer good comedic punches too. Shraddha Kapoor’s character is a bit of an enigma. Even though the role is problematic, the actress does a fine job of maintaining an air of mystery.

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Stree does fairly well with the comedy, but even with several laugh-out-loud moments, the film feels a little too long. Towards the end, 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. Also, it doesn’t add up that a film trying to advocate respect for women, has a song called Kamariya, where men dance around a skimpily clad Nora Fatehi.

Despite all its flaws and ambiguous ideas, Stree is still an entertaining film. This is an experimental comedy, that creates an eerie atmosphere and it manages to be funny and scary at the same time. Writers Raj and DK (who have directed films like Go Goa Gone, 99 and Shor In The City) bring in their trademark humour. The film has its absurdities, it also has its moments but the final act lets it down.

Stree Movie Trailer:

Stree Movie Review: Final Verdict:

Stree is inspired by the urban legend of Nale Ba about a woman who knocks on the doors of houses at night and if you answer, you will never be seen again.

Stree is enjoyable for the most part. Shraddha Kapoor’s part is a bit visible, but she has some breathy moments with Rajkummar Rao. The three fellows feel like real friends, not just brought together by a casting director, and both Aparshakti Khurrana, who is sprouting from everywhere these days and Abhishek Banerjee do a good job of looking scared and foolish at the same time.

Stree is especially entertaining, packed with laugh-aloud moments and a cast that’s on top of their game. It’s one of the most original films this year, and we recommend that you make the time for it.

Stree Movie Rating: Three and a half stars.


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