Rajkumar Rao’s Stree Hindi Movie Review

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Stree is a horror comedy hindi movie directed by Amar Kaushik and written by the Raj & DK, director of “Go Goa Gone”. The story takes place in the small town of Chanderi, the men community live in fear of an evil unnamed witch but known as “Stree” played by Shraddha Kapoor, who abducts men in the night. Stree is based on the urban legend of “Nale Ba” that went viral in Karnataka in the 1990s which is about a witch who knocks on people’s doors at night.

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Genre: Horror/Comedy

The Story of Stree

Vicky (played by Rajkummar Rao), a fun-loving small town young man popular in his region (Chanderi) for his extraordinary tailoring skills. Vicky works in his father’s shop when he isn’t roaming around town with his two best friends, Bittu (played by Aparshakti Khurrana) and Jana (played by Abhishek Banerjee). Their carefree ways of life go upside down when a mysterious, unnamed woman (Shraddha Kapoor) appears from out of the blue and sweetly talks to him. Vicky into agreeing to stitch a cloth called lehenga for her in two days flat. And She wants to wear it on the last day of the festival. The guy, on another part, falls head over heels in love with the light-eyed lass. There is more to her than meets the eye, Bittu warns Vicky. But Jana eggs him on – with unconventional disastrous results.
Bittu’s fears are strengthened when the town’s resident know-all Rudra, a cringe talking expert who owns a bookshop, reminds Bittu and Jana of the legend of the avenging spirit on the loose and tells them what they need to do to ward her off. But that is easier said than done. It is hunting season for the wandering spirit and the men resort to desperate measures to stay out of harm’s way. This construct is as crazy as it is comical, but the director injects just the right dose of goofiness to make it all consistently quirky and playful.

The story was written by Raj and DK, who is a master of dark comedies like 99 and Shor In The City. Raj and DK also made India’s first zombie-comedy film “Go Goa Gone” which was initially an average grosser but earned a cult audience over the year. The essence of Go Goa Gone does not reflect in this film and came with a different story and other elements. The comedy scenes are well written by both and well directed by “Amar Kaushik” and one-liner and the monologue by Sumit Arrora is very commendable.

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The horror flick is entirely shot in Chanderi, Madhya Pradesh, Stree masterly merge the tangibility and the rough and clumsiness of a real small-town middle-class ambiance and the flights of fancy of a weird dark fantasy supernatural based, as we are told at the start of the opening credits, “on a ridiculous phenomenon”. Written by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK (also the Stree co-producers with Dinesh Vijan), the movie script pulls wonderful tricks out of its bag to deliver an unconventional entertainer that uses the devices of Bollywood commercial films in ways that turn everything on its top.

Stree Actor’s Performance

The lead pairs Rajkumar Rao and Shraddha Kapoor has done one of the finest work in their career. Rajkumar Rao as a popular tailor “Vicky” in Chanderi done a wonderful job as a leading hero of the film. Rajkumar has done few touches of humor in recent time with Bareilly Ki Barfi and Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana. The title role of Stree ( means Woman in Hindi )  played by Shraddha Kapoor and that’s a very new space for her. Shraddha has done the musical and romantic film, and the actress is popular among these film. After some continuous failures like Rock On 2, Half Girlfriend and also a woman-centric biopic crime film “Haseena Parker” directed by Apoorva Lakhia. This is a very good news for Shradha and her fans to deliver must not miss a woman-centric movie. She is going to make debut in Tollywood ( Telugu Film Industry ) with “Saaho” starring Blockbuster Bahubali’s Prabhas which have been directed by Sujeet who had made a hit debut with Run Raja Run.

Now talking about the two sidekicks of Vicky-  Bittu, and Jana. They both are major highlights of the movie. The Bittu’s role was played by Aparshakti Khurana and he turns out to be show stealer of the movie “Stree”. Now the other Jana is played by lesser known actor Abhisekh Banerjee. No wonder why Abhisekh Banerjee is not given a chance till date. Very few from the industry know the actor has first done a scene in 2006 hit film “Rang De Basanti” in one of the actors who has given audition in Sue’s indie cinema. Later he has done some web series and short videos for The Viral Fever and their sister channel The Timeliners. Abhisekh was highly appreciated for his work in TVF Pitchers which is been one of the cult show on the digital platform and later Abhisekh is seen in TVF Humorously Yours along with Vipul Goyal and Rasika Dugal.

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To use the lines from the film itself, much as Rajkummar Rao gets under the skin of his character and proves to be a great fit for his role of “Chanderi ka Manish Malhotra” “Bhagwan ka darzi Roopi Avtaar”, it’s those around him, be it father Atul Srivastava or friends Aparshakti Khurana and Abhishek Banerjee who are as much “Oorja ka Bhandar”. Pankaj Tripathi, in particular, is in insane form, making comedy look damn easy with his deadpan look, droll ways and crackling, impeccable rendition of the written word. I am still guffawing at the earnest talk about “Naye Bharat Ki Chudail”.

However, in the madness unleashed by the boy’s brigade, it’s the woman at the center, ie Shraddha Kapoor, who becomes curiously inconsequential and worst colorless; if not entirely an object of the male gaze like Nora Fatehi in the token item number. A tad ironic for the film’s larger feminist aims.

Director: Amar Kaushik
Producer: Dinesh Vijan, Raj & D.K.
Dialogue Writer: Sumit Arora
Story and Screenplay Writer: Raj Nidimoru, Krishna D.K.
Music: Sachin-Jigar
Background Score: Ketan Sodha
Cinematographer: Amalendu Chaudhary
Editor: Hemanti Sarkar
Production Company: Maddock Films, D2R Films
Distributor: AA Films
Release date: 31 August 2018
Running time: 2 hours 10 minutes ( 130minutes )
Country: India
Language: Hindi
Stree Cast and their roles:
Rajkummar Rao as Vicky
Shraddha Kapoor as an unnamed woman
Pankaj Tripathi as Rudra
Aparshakti Khurrana as Bittu
Abhishek Banerjee as Jana
Vijay Raaz
Nora Fatehi (cameo in song “Kamariya”)
Kriti Sanon (cameo in the song “Aao Kabhi Haveli Pe”)

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