Release Date: 31st August, 2018
Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Shraddha Kapoor
Writer/Director: Amar Kaushik
Producer/s: Dinesh Vijan
Stree Movie Review Rating: 3.5/5 Stars (Three and half stars)
Star Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Shraddha Kapoor, Aparshakti Khurrana, Abhishek Banerjee, Pankaj Tripathi
Director: Amar Kaushik
What’s Good: Very well written dialogues & even more amazingly performed, this makes sure there are laughs throughout, top notch performances by everyone
What’s Bad: The story has a very limited scope & this affects the narration making it repetitive after a point of time
Loo Break: Not needed because there are funny moments to hold you back
Watch or Not?: A fun time watch! Don’t keep high expectations with the story but expect some outstanding dialogues & performances
Stree: For the uninitiated, it means woman in English. So, the movie ‘based on a ridiculously true phenomenon’, starts with camera panning through the narrow lanes of Chanderi. We have Chanderi ka Manish Malhotra Vicky (Rajkummar Rao), who’s a magician in the disguise of a tailor. Stree, apparently, is a ghost who comes to village during the Puja and hunts down the males in the area.
Vicky’s close buddies Bittu (Aparshakti Khurrana) and Jana (Abhishek Banerjee) get afraid of him meeting with this unknown girl who they think is Stree. But is she? Or Stree is someone else or there’s nothing but a myth. Rudra (Pankaj Tripathi) is an expert learning about the existence of Stree and helps Vicky and friends. Second half focuses on clarifying questions that are laid in first half. But throughout both the halves, one thing is common – continuous laughs.
Stree Movie Review: Script Analysis
The script of this film is like those jokes which are not very entertaining when you write them but they become funny once you get on the stage & start adding your things. To bring on this story on a big screen was a great gamble because of its very finite scope but Sumit Arora’s dialogues does the magic.
The narration dips at a point of time & things get stretched but full marks for maintaining a certain kind of happiness throughout. I loved the way how horror situations are used to make people laugh. The most innovative and laugh-provoking scenes were actually scary. The way makers churn out laughs from horror impressed me the most. Last year’s Golmaal Again was of the same genre but it didn’t utilise the ‘horror’ portion of the horredy.
Stree Movie Review: Star Performance
Rajkummar Rao, as usual, steals the show. He’s making very monotonous for us reviewers to keep praising him. With every of his movie (Not Fanney Khan) I just keep thinking the synonyms of brilliant I’ll use for him. His portrayal of Vicky required someone only like Rajkummar Rao. He underplays his innocence very well & that’s what make this performance a memorable one.
Shraddha Kapoor looks & acts beautiful. She shares a good chemistry with Rajkummar. She just dazzles up the atmosphere with her smile. Pankaj Tripathi was badly missed in first half but he owned the second half. It seems Sumit Arora wrote some dialogues especially for Pankaj because the way he delivers, it proves his ownership over them.
Aparshakti Khurrana and Abhishek Banerjee – two salient winners of the film. Aparshakti is a natural & we’re aware about it by now. Here, too, he teases the amount of talent he holds in himself. The first half belongs to Abhishek Banerjee & he was the biggest takeaway for me.
Stree Movie Review Quicker: The movie starts with camera panning in the narrow lanes of a small town where the apparent ghost Stree calls the name of a local. The simple, innocent Vicky (Rajkummar Rao), a magician tailor gets introduced with a quirky song Dil Ka Darji.
First half majorly focuses on the introduction of Stree (Shraddha Kapoor) & how some hilarious situations arises because of it. Bittu (Aparshakti Khurrana), Jana (Abhishek Banerjee) and Rudra (Pankaj Tripathi) along with Vicky (Rajkummar Rao) dominate major portions of the first half. Couple of good songs in Aao Kabhi Haveli Pe & Kamariya are weaved very well with the script as they doesn’t feel like an obstruction.
What works majorly for the film are Sumit Arora’s dialogues. Apart from being well written, the dialogues has that accent which make them sound funnier. Apart from the expected Rajkummar Rao, Abhishek Banerjee springs in an entertaining surprise. Amar Kaushik, who is making his Bollywood directorial debut with the horror-comedy film Stree, recently rightly said that it is easier for filmmakers to experiment with their first film as people are not aware of their signature style. He has experimented with a lot of things in the film.
As the film revolves around a female ghost who exists in Chanderi – a town in Madhya Pradesh. To maintain the authenticity of the story, director took the cast and crew there. With many uproarious moments in first half, it’s exciting to see what the second half has in store for us.
Stree also features, Shraddha Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao and Pankaj Tripathi. It is releasing tomorrow i.e August 31. It is presented by Dinesh Vijan and a Maddock Films production in association with D2r films and Jio Studios. Stick to this space for full review.