Honestly, I had mixed feelings before going for Stree. But somewhere, I had this unacknowledged assurance due to the presence of Rajkummar Rao, that it can never be that bad. But all my doubts were just shattered after coming out of the theater this afternoon.
Stree claims to be based on a ridiculous (विचित्र) incident. That ridiculous incident turns out to be so incredibly planned and strategized that it’s nothing like anything that has been explored before. The trailer and outline of the film signals towards a horror storyline with a humorous twist. But the film itself is a greater delight and a wonderful package of much more than only horror and comedy.
Story of a small town Chanderi in MP, Stree starts with indications of the presence of a vicious female ghost that hunts for men in night. Followed by spooky stills that make you shriek at your seat, the entire drama unfolds in an extremely interesting way. Given the history, Bollywood is yet to establish a potential horror genre, let alone mixing it with humor. But Stree not only explores horror immaculately, but it moves far ahead to utilize comedy in a wonderful way. Moreover, through Stree Bollywood might just have discovered a whole new terrific genre that is horror comedy with a significant message with preciseness.
This might be a result of the current environment where one could come under the negative radar merely for expressing ones thoughts and opinions, that the directors wanting to convey an important message to the society are doing it extra smartly by disguising their ways. In Stree too, surprisingly there are one or two brutal jibes that are so brilliantly placed and put that the message is sent efficiently while not appearing hurtful at all. Well, that’s the beauty of sarcasm that if you can play with this, you can create magic with words.
The best part of the film is the casting which is like gathering all the comedy gems at one place. Apart from the rajkumar Rajkummar Rao, the casting choices from Aparshakti Khurrana, Pankaj Tripathi, Atul Srivastava to Vijay Raaz are simply brilliant. Stree is designed to make you laugh uncontrollably something you wouldn’t expect beforehand. But what’s truly outstanding is that Stree shouts feminism constantly in different volumes throughout the movie. This take deserves a loud applause to have been executed so carefully and responsibly.
There are so many reasons to watch Stree at the earliest including the hilarity, that you cannot afford to miss this gem which turned out be unexpectedly well. If you needed another reason, it’s Rajkummar Rao’s birthday too and it is the gift he truly deserves.