On the first day, Vicky meets a young woman Shraddha Kapoor whose sudden entry, almost always from the back, instantly spells trouble. Vicky's friend Dana Abhishek Banerjee also becomes a prey of the evil spirit. Despite its confusions, Stree deserves a watch and an excellent word-of-mouth. Right from the first frame itself, the film sets a tense atmosphere where you find yourself speculating about what's going to unfold on the screen next. Yes, the scene is there to be played for laughs, and we dutifully go haha, but it is a thought. There are a couple of moments that ridicule the relentless growling of spooky characters in Hindi horror films. The black comedy also takes a nick at gender disparity without making it overly boring.
Helmed by debutant Amar Kaushik and written by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D. His comic timing is to the mark and we wish there was more of him on the film. Much in the vein of Go Goa Gone, Stree too centres on ordinary men who find themselves pitted against a formidable adversary albeit here the focus is more on one as Rao's Vicky becomes the reluctant hero of the battle to rescue Chanderi. She preys only on men, who simply disappear leaving their clothes behind. But for a film that intends to expose the ridiculousness of the Indian horror film landscape with logic, Stree can't help but rely on the familiar old tricks of horror rulebook such as magical portions and more to confront it.
Verdict The film story and screenplay are well written, because of this it remains our interest alive. Each played to evoke different emotions, he never puts a foot out of place. Atul Srivastava in the role of Vicky's father leaves an impression in the handful of scenes he has in the film. It is fast-paced with hardly any dull moment. The world would certainly, do well to give women far more respect.
This chapter in its long history of patriarchy, misogyny and toxic masculinity - it centres on a beautiful prostitute violently thwarted in her attempt to find true love - lies behind the terror that strikes the hearts of the men of Chanderi during a four-day annual religious festival. The film's protagonist Vicky , however, has no time for what he thinks is superstitious nonsense. But thankfully the narrative rebounds and the humor keeps the film afloat. He is, in fact, the one, who adds most of the humour to the plot. All-in-all, director Amar Kaushik, whose short film Aaba 2017 won accolades worldwide, has made an okayish beginning in the long format with this film which does entertain you despite its lopsided nature.
It's a rather bold attempt to mix two contrasting genres — horror with comedy. The film finds a great supporting cast in very reliable Aparshakti Khurrana as well as Abhishek Banerjee, who makes an impression as a promising new talent. Just then, someone bursts into a sneeze — so loud and uninhibited — it takes away from the proceedings and reminds us that this is, after all, a horror-comedy. Pankaj Tripathi is in cracking form, giving the narrative a booster-charge whenever he is on the screen. Aparshakti as the cynical friend is a natural but the most fun is had by Abhishek Banerjee, who wreaks havoc when possessed. On one hand, you have the comedic charm of actors like Rajkummar Rao and Pankaj Tripathi, and on the other, a genuine ghostly spookiness that makes you want to hide under a blanket. At the same time, they call her a fool because she keeps coming back, and disappears soon after reading the same message Oh lady, come tomorrow over and over again.
His crackling dialogue delivery is matched moment for moment by Aparshakti Khurana and Abhishek Banerjee's career-making performances as his cowardly buddies, and Pankaj Tripathi's genius in his role as the local know-it-all. However it is Aparshakti Khurana Bittu and Abhishek Banerjee Jana who steal the show. The best scenes here too belong to three friends - Bittoo, Vicky and Jana Abhishek Banerjee - as they discuss matters of matters of heart and cope with horror. Image courtesy: So, it is the time of year when the men are either on the run or are forced to hide behind closed doors, not daring to step out of their homes at night. Ironically, it is the men who carry the film so well when the focus is on her.
Stree Story: The quaint town of Chanderi is haunted by a unique legend. But the proceedings barely pack a punch. The small-town setting and the many jibes at horror film legends are hilarious. Trailer : Stree critic's rating: 3. In fact, the movie is a comedy with moments that shock and awe with great punches to compliment a simple script. And Rajkummar's clumsy courtship of Shraddha carries moments of mirth. The feminist touch Stree has its own moments, both funny and scary.
We see irksome bloopers like our three heroes going to a mujra on the night of the pooja. The only way for men to save themselves from the widely feared spirit is by scribbling the message, 'O Stree Kal Aana' on the walls of their houses. Stree does fairly well with the comedy, but even with several laugh-out-loud moments, the film feels a little too long. I am going with 3. Their carefree ways are disrupted when appears from out of the blue and sweet talks Vicky into agreeing to stitch a lehenga for her in two days flat. The situation of the village starts to get disturbed when it comes to the fact that there is a woman who stalks men during a festive period.
Here is an actor who makes the rest of the cast look good merely by the dint of his range and skill. Vicky, though, is convinced that his purpose in life is more than just sitting with a sewing machine. But as Vicky, pronounced Bicky, Rajkummar brings to the fore, his vulnerability and charm. I wish his role had been bigger though. Many twists and turns come in the story when Rudra Pankaj Tripathi , who also lives in Chanderi, tells Vicky about the Chanderi Purana and the truth behind it. It gets so repetitive that it exhausts you beyond a point.