Cast – Rajkumar Rao, Shraddha Kapoor, Aparshakti Khurrana, Pankaj Tripathi and Abhishek Banerjee
Director – Amar Kaushik
Rating – 3/5
What and who is the Stree
Stree is based on a bizarre legend in Chanderi, where a mysterious ‘ghost woman’ awakens every year during a four-day religious festival and abducts men, only leaving their clothes behind. As the tables turn, men are locked up in their houses and refrained from going out at night in fear of ‘Stree’.
The story revolves around three friends, Vicky (Rajkumar Rao), Bittu (Aparshakti Khurrana) and Dana (Abhishek Banerjee) who get entangled in the whole ruckus. When Vicky falls for a mysterious girl (Shraddha Kapoor) his friends end up believing that she is the woman terrorising the whole town. Along comes the local know-it-all (Pankaj Tripathi) who (mis)guides the trio and enforces his own beliefs on them. What follows is a hilarious, thrilling yet crazy ride!
This horror-comedy story tries to subtly touch upon the age-old beliefs people have had about women. For instance, instead of the woman staying indoors and staying safe, it’s men who have to worry for a change. The villagers write ‘O Stree Kal Aana’ outside their homes to confuse the spirit, indicating that she is dim-witted. But towards the end, a change of events also brings about a change in their thoughts. As that was the intention all along, the makers have brought that about with a funny twist.
With some hilarious dialogues, witty one-liners and kick-ass punch lines, you’ll definitely be rofl (rolling on the floor laughing). Sudden jump scares bring you on the edge of your seat, but the lead characters still manage to make you laugh even in those situations.
Amidst the much appreciated comedy, Stree constantly sends mixed signals. While the film has a strong feminist viewpoint, ironically, Nora Fatehi’s item number just nullifies everything the makers are trying to prove. The film also tries to undermine baseless superstitions and other infamous beliefs. While it’s a great attempt, the overpowering comedy manages to oversee these nuances. What we end up with is a fun watch but a confused and diluted story.
The versatile Rajkumar Rao plays his character of a young tailor brilliantly. Getting into the skin of his character Vicky, he manages to impress in every frame. He is born for comedy. And his effortless charm grows on you.
Aparshakti Khurana and Abhishek Banerjee as Rajkumar’s buddies have made a mark for themselves with their praiseworthy performances. Their camaraderie onscreen is palpable and convincing.
Pankaj Tripati’s pokerfaced comedy steals the show! He leaves a lasting impression in a limited role.
Although Shraddha Kapoor doesn’t match up to her co-stars, she has a striking presence that’s unmissable.
#SupriyaSays: Stree is an enjoyable watch. Catch it for some good laughs and punchlines.
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