|Movie Cast||Shraddha Kapoor, Rajkumar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi|
|Music Director||Sachin–Jigar, Ketan Sodha|
|Production Company||Dinesh Vijan, Krishna D.K., Raj Nidimoru|
|Release Date||August 31, 2018|
Horror Comedy is a genre that Bollywood hardly tried and sucked whenever it tried. The only significant amd good one was Go Goa Gone which was a zombie comedy. Coincidentally the producer is same – Dinesh Vijan and the film is also written by Raj And DK. Debutant Amar Kaushk has directed the film and he hits a sixer.
Set in Chanderi, a small town of Madhya Pradesh, Stree is the name given to the lady ghost who comes into action only during four days of a festival in an year. If any man turns back when she calls, that man doesn’t return and leaves behind the clothes. The same town has Vicky a talented tailor, who meets a stranger lady (Shraddha Kapoor). He falls in love with her. Coincidentally she meets him during the same festival time. The movie is about Vickys work in decoding the secret and the connection between Stree and his stranger love interest.
The best part of the film is its writing and the way it has designed its characters. There is a lot of authenticity one can feel, especially because the movie has been shot in Chanderi totally. The two friends of the protagonist played by Aparashakti Khurana and Abhishek Banerjee increases the laughing quotient further. Reminds of the chemistry between Kunal Khemu, Vir Das and Anand Tiwari. On another side, there is a gyaani who thinks he he’s a scholar. That role is played by Pankaj Tripathi, with elan. The movie has got the mix of the horror and comedy in the right proportions. What’s appealing is the additional touch of a message that the movie tries to give without getting irritatingly preachy. It touches some aspects of genuine feminism. The movie appears a tad long, but the overall entertainment makes up for it.
The performances in the film are as good as the script. Raj Kumar Rao shines as the ladies’ tailor who is smitten by the heroine. He gets his comic timing as well as the diction right. Aparshakti discourages him from falling into the devil’s trapand is very natural. Abhishek Banerjee is the encouraging friend and he is super funny. Pankaj Tripathi is hilarious and gives one of his best performances. What an actor. His punchlines are damn funny. Shraddha Kapoor gets a limited role and fails to make an impact. Such roles, should have an extra ordinary presence and charisma which Miss Kapoor lacked.
The film scores decent on technical levels too. Editing is almost crisp, and screenplay is enticing. Music by Sachin-Jigar and Ketan helps the film. MilegiMilegi and Aaokabhi haveli pe are in the top charts.
All in all, the movie tries something different and succeed unlike a badly made slapstick horry comedy like Golmaal’s latest installment. With almost everything falling in place, Stree will make for a good weekend watch with fear and laughter married well.