Stree Movie Review: This Comedy Film That Will Shake You From Your Seat With Fear Is A Must-Watch!
Cast: Shraddha Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi, Aparshakti Khurana
Director: Amar Kaushik
Oo stree aa jaana
When you trend in the genre of horror comedy, it might turn dicey. To blend horror and comedy and still feel the effect of both can be a rarity. While this genre is still explored in the Tamil and Telugu film industry, the ones that Bollywood make can do just one thing- make you laugh. In fact, horror as a genre isn't the best bet that Bollywood plays. Most the films, in fact, turn unintentionally funny- thanks to the creaking doors and a super funny ghost. The makers of Stree did have a challenge- they did not have predecessors in the same industry to derive inspiration from. But that also gave this film a lot of scope to write a history of its own. But, did the film quite manage to turn out to be a good horror comedy?
Well, well, the film does have its own shortcomings, but they do not stop making Stree one of the most entertaining film this year. In fact, the comic relief in the film just heightens horror as and when it comes. There is jump scares, scary enough to make you shriek, there are digs taken but the performance and the quirky script pulls the film off and how. The film is set in Chanderi where Vicky, who specializes in Ladies Fashion, meets and falls in love with the mysterious 'Vicky Please' (try finding out Shraddha Kapoor's name in this film). He has two friends who can risk themselves for him- Bittu and Jana. As the days of 4 din Ka puja approaches, a Stree is out there to hunt down the men of the town. The first half is the entire hullabaloo about whether the mysterious woman is the Stree or not. And this subsides in the second half, you get a more thrilling horror story that does not miss on the comedy. One of the best things about the film is its dialogues. You will get your share of the seeti taali moments with the superb dialogues and the perfect deliveries.
Rajkummar Rao is as usual impeccable. Vicky might somewhat remind you of Pritam Vidrohi of Bareilly Ki Barfi, but he jazzes up the character in his own unique way. While Shraddha has scope for a lot, Aparshakti Khurrana and Abhishek Banerjee as Vicky's friends walk away with the cake. What a performance. I am actually floored by Abhishek Banerjee who turns out to be a surprise package in this one. Pankaj Tripathi plays the gyaani who would give nuske to stay safe from the Stree. His character paces up from the second half and we can only wish we had more of him.
The film has its own shortcomings and one of the major problems is that this film can not take a stand. For example, the film comments on the society's problem of seeing a woman as someone inferior, someone who is to be controlled and tamed. The same film shows jarring angles that very blatantly objectifies a woman in an item number. The film takes a dig at "azaadi" and also says, "Kuch Bhi Bano, Bhakt mat bano". Moreover, the film that tries not to promote superstitions has dialogues like "chudail k pair ulte hote hai" aur "choti me kaala jaadu hai".
The film is nevertheless thoroughly entertaining. This was a film that was experimental and the experiment actually went well. You should definitely go and watch this film and this film should not be missed!
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