TopYaps Rating: ★★★☆☆
Guys, here comes the day of the week when I review latest Friday releases for you wonderful people. This Friday, two Bollywood movies are released – Stree and Yamla Pagla Deewana: Phir Se. Since I liked Stree more than the other, I’m going to review the much-awaited horror-comedy first.
What’s the buzz about?
Inspired from ridiculously true events, Stree unfolds in Chanderi, a small village in Madhya Pradesh, notoriously famous for its bhutiya (haunted) tale of a witch who calls out to young men and abducts them, leaving their clothes behind.
Happy-go-lucky Vicky (Rajkummar Rao) is the most popular ladies tailor in the village of Chanderi. He is the master of his craft. One fine day, he meets a beautiful girl (Shraddha Kapoor) who is seen in the village only during the four-day long special puja which is conducted to ward off evil spirit of the witch, also called ‘Stree’.
Vicky is besotted with her bewitching beauty and charm, but his friend Bittu (Aparshakti Khurana) is highly suspicious of the girl whom no one other than Vicky has ever seen and met.
The interesting twist in the tale comes when their friend Dana (Abhishek Banerjee) is also abducted, leading Vicky and Bittu to believe that the suspicious girl is no one else but the same ‘Stree’ the whole village is scared of. What happens next? Well, that you will have to find out for yourself!
Debutant filmmaker Amar Kaushik’s horror-comedy looks a fairly entertaining offering. When I watched its theatrical trailer at a well-organized event in Mumbai a couple of weeks ago, I had a heap of hopes with the movie.
Khushi ki baat yeh hai ki, the film did not disappoint me wholly. Here, I’m going to list down some of the points that certainly makes stree a lajwaab watch.
Why should you watch it?
A fabulous Rajkummar Rao
Casting Rajkummar Rao as a small-town ladies tailor works wonder for the movie. His energetic performance adds zing to the whole narrative. Shraddha Kapoor looks beautiful in every frame, but somehow her character does not come across as powerful and nuanced as Rao’s.
The superb supporting cast
Its apt supporting cast is one of the main highlights of the flick. Pankaj Tripathi is just brilliant. He’s got some amazing dialogues in the film and with his outstanding performance, he just nails his character. Aparshakti Khurana is hilarious and so is Abhishek Banerjee.
I heard such funny dialogues after such a long time in a Hindi film. You will feel the same after watching it. There is an abundance of clap-worthy and whistle-worthy dialogues which don’t let the smile on your face disappear. The writing team deserves distinction marks for outstanding dialogues.
Stree has been shot on real locations which lend a lot of authenticity to the whole narration. The cinematography of the film is excellent. Talking about the background score, well, that is just exceptional. It gives you real chills. Faint-hearted, beware!
Stree is filled with loads of humour, unadulterated fun and blood-curdling moments which keep you glued to your seat. Giggles, ghosts, and gags don’t let you shift your attention away from the screen. But, is that enough to compensate for its various negative points?
Other side of the story
Silly second Half
I found the first half of the film exceptionally good, but it falls flat in the second half and you sort of start squirming in your seat. Suddenly, an interesting film starts getting boring!
Amar Kaushik builds his film really well in the first half, manages to take the best out of his actors throughout and gives wings to your expectations, but his enthusiasm for the project fizzles out in the second half and you keep wondering why.
The absence of a logical conclusion
There are many things in the film which are left unanswered and have no logical reasoning for their existence. At last, you feel that the director wants you to come up with your own explanations to justify certain things in the movie.
Ab karte hain kaam ki baat! Does Stree qualify as your weekend watch? It is hilarious, quirky, and funny. In a nutshell, it’s a jaunt into sheer madness that you are going to enjoy in bits and parts.
We suggest you watch Stree for the impeccable comic timing, if not anything else. Before, you take up your phone to book the tickets, take a look at the trailer:
Banner: Maddock Films, D2R Films
Director: Amar Kaushik
Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Shraddha Kapoor, Pankaj Tripathi, Aparshakti Khurrana, etc.
Music Director: Sachin-Jigar
Duration: 127 Minutes